Two people arrested in separate Hinds County fraud and embezzlement cases
HINDS COUNTY, Mississippi (WJTV) – State Auditor Shad White announced on Wednesday that two people have been arrested in Hinds County in separate cases.
Former Hinds County employee Marketa Graham was arrested after being charged with fraud, White said. Special agents also arrested Chris Smith, former director of accounting and finance for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, after being charged with embezzlement.
Graham received a formal notice of $ 9,661.44 upon his arrest. Smith has already received a demand letter of $ 33,892.54.
White said Graham submitted bogus invoices for his own company’s cleaning services to the Hinds County Supervisory Board. Despite the invoices submitted for payment to the Supervisory Board, no work was actually carried out. White also said Graham was able to submit invoices because his job allowed him to manipulate the invoicing process.
According to White, Hinds County officials reported Graham’s scheme to the auditor’s office after she had already received around $ 4,700 for one of the bogus bills.
Smith was arrested after having already received a formal notice. He is accused of hijacking the Mississippi Board of Animal Health. The state auditor’s office has already recovered $ 25,000 from Smith’s bond.
Graham and Smith both surrendered to Hinds County Special Constables on Wednesday. Their bond will be fixed by the court.
If convicted, Graham faces up to 30 years in prison and $ 30,000 in fines, and Smith faces up to 10 years in prison and $ 25,000 in fines.