JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state auditor’s office is holding the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) accountable for more than $117 million in improper unemployment payments.
State Auditor Shad White said this happened last year and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. His office released these findings in its latest annual audit.
In addition to those findings, the office says other findings include new fraud-related findings at the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) when it was under previous leadership.
This year’s report showed staff failed to alert auditors of credible allegations of fraud involving grants awarded by the agency.
In regards to the MDES, all unemployment overpayments after June 30, 2020, will appear in next year’s audit report.