Aberdeen mayor claims embezzlement accusations are false

Maurice Howard | Source: State Auditor's Office

Maurice Howard is accused of embezzling money from the city in which he is the mayor.

Posted: Oct 31, 2019 9:28 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A copy of an indictment provides information about the embezzlement accusations against Aberdeen Mayor Maurice Howard.

A grand jury indicted the mayor on five counts of embezzlement, and the State Auditor’s Office arrested him on Wednesday.

The court document points to five separate trips, ranging from April 2017 to September 2017, to events and conferences in Jackson, Michigan, Atlanta and Alabama.

He is accused of converting the trip money he received from the City of Aberdeen to his own use and not returning the money to the city.

The total amounts to nearly $3,500.

According to the indictment, Howard did not attend the events and conferences.

The mayor spoke with WTVA after he bonded out of jail Wednesday night. He said he made all of the trips and denies the charges.

Previous Artice: The mayor speaks with WTVA at City Hall

The State Auditor’s Office issued a demand letter to Howard to pay more than $11,000 back for the alleged embezzlement and other expenses for the investigation.

Open this link to read the indictment.

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