State auditor reports fraud, waste & abuse at MS Auctioneer Commission and Board of Cosmetology

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, State Auditor Stacey Pickering released two compliance audit reports detailing fraud, waste, and abuse at the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission and Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology.

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:13 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (Press Release) - On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, State Auditor Stacey Pickering released two compliance audit reports detailing fraud, waste, and abuse at the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission and Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology.  The scope of the audits included Fiscal Years 2015-2017 for the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission and Fiscal Year 2016 for the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology. Executive Summaries of each report may be found online at the OSA website.

Mississippi Auctioneer Commission

This audit report, which can be found online at the OSA website, identified and detailed several egregious instances of noncompliance with state law and need for internal controls to provide accountability. Notably, Pickering and his staff found excessive amounts of in-state travel reimbursements to the Executive Director. Often, she was reimbursed for travel expenses during the same time period she advertised to be available to meet with clients of her personal business; no personal or medical leave was recorded for the Executive Director during this time or any other time within the scope of the audit. Additionally, several purchases, personal in nature, were made using the procurement card for the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission.

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor also found that the Board of Commissioners did not meet with regularity or in accordance with State Law and did not exercise any oversight over day-to-day operations of the Commission.

Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology

This audit report, which can be found online at the OSA website, showed alarming practices that have resulted in fraud, waste, and abuse. Checks and cash payments for cosmetology licenses – some nine months old – totaling in excess of $360,000 in value, which had neither been processed nor deposited, were left unsecured in the State Board of Cosmetology office. Several checks were returned due to non-sufficient funds after the delay between receipt and deposit by the Board, and cash received by mail was not recorded. Records of license renewals were severely backlogged and members of the Board of Directors had little oversight on daily operations of its employees. The Board’s procurement card was used for operating expenses, and a large balance was held; this resulted in interest and late fees being charged to taxpayers.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering supports the creation of an “Office of Shared Services” to remove the daily accounts receivable and payable functions from smaller Boards and Commissions in the State of Mississippi. Mississippi House Bill 1058, authored by Representative John Read, stands to serve that purpose. “I appreciate the efforts of Governor Bryant to continue to lead the charge to reduce government waste,” said Pickering.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
Harrison18431317
Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
Lauderdale7261242
Lowndes6517150
Lamar635188
Lafayette6313121
Washington5425137
Bolivar4841133
Panola4670110
Oktibbeha466198
Pearl River4605147
Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425873
Monroe4157135
Union415777
Neshoba4063179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386987
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298589
Tippah291968
Prentiss284161
Leake272074
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264642
Grenada264087
George252251
Newton248663
Tishomingo231868
Winston230181
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127238
Amite126242
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108234
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson810031566
Mobile42105831
Madison35690525
Tuscaloosa26173458
Shelby25607254
Montgomery25081614
Baldwin21868314
Lee16278176
Calhoun14719327
Morgan14629285
Etowah14175364
Marshall12453230
Houston10781287
Elmore10293214
Limestone10179157
St. Clair10162251
Cullman9952201
Lauderdale9603250
DeKalb8972190
Talladega8460184
Walker7338280
Autauga7241113
Blount6945139
Jackson6932113
Colbert6413140
Coffee5635127
Dale4928116
Russell454841
Chilton4476116
Franklin431382
Covington4275122
Tallapoosa4138155
Escambia401680
Chambers3728124
Dallas3607158
Clarke353061
Marion3240107
Pike314378
Lawrence3133100
Winston283472
Bibb268564
Geneva257981
Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
Hale227278
Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
Crenshaw155957
Cleburne153444
Lamar146837
Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124342
Conecuh113630
Coosa111729
Perry108626
Sumter105732
Greene93634
Choctaw62125
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