Mississippi man accused of stealing school security funds

The former police chief of a Mississippi school district has been indicted on charges that he stole $170,000.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 10:36 AM

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The former police chief of a Mississippi school district has been indicted on charges that he stole $170,000.

Paul Gordon Cannette, an Ocean Springs man who was police chief of the Biloxi school district, is accused of embezzling from the Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers. The association gets state money through a grant program meant to pay for school security officers.

Cannette was arrested Tuesday and released on $50,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering is demanding that Cannette, who resigned from his posts in Biloxi and the association, pay nearly $245,000. That reflects not only the missing money but also interest and investigation costs.

If Cannette doesn't pay the money within 30 days, Pickering could sue him in a civil lawsuit.

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