The city discovers money transferred out of accounts; State Auditor’s Office investigated – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

ByRichard C. Sloan

Nov 18, 2021

NATCHEZ — Mayor Dan Gibson said Friday night he was made aware of an anomaly in the city’s financial accounting system, which he passed on to State Auditor Shad White’s office.

“It is important that I share something with the citizens of Natchez who ask me for transparency as mayor,” Gibson said in a statement released around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Friday evening, November 12, I was made aware of a discrepancy discovered Friday evening in the financial accounting system of the City of Natchez. Late Friday afternoon, a questionable transfer of funds from the city to external accounts had taken place.

“Saturday morning at 9 a.m., I reported this matter to the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, who agreed the city should take immediate action to rectify the situation.”

Gibson said he asked the Natchez Police Department to immediately open an internal investigation.

“This investigation is now complete and assigned to the auditor of the State of Mississippi. Now that it is under the control of the auditor, the Town of Natchez cannot make any further comment, ”said Gibson.

He was unwilling to discuss the amount of money that had been transferred out of the city vault, and would not provide any further information.

City attorney Bryan Callaway has yet to respond to an email sent to him late Wednesday morning, requesting more information on the situation or the investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.