A Mississippi Welcome Center supervisor turned herself over to agents from the State Auditor’s office today after being indicted on embezzlement charges by an Itawamba County grand jury.
State Auditor Shad White said a $1,937.53 demand letter was presented to Ann Miller upon arrest. The demand amount includes interest and investigative expenses.
Miller is accused of claiming and being paid for time she did not work at the Mississippi Welcome Center located on US Highway 78 near Tremont in Itawamba County. She allegedly transmitted fraudulent timesheets to obtain payment from the Mississippi Development Authority, which is the state agency responsible for operating roadside welcome centers across the state. Miller’s indictment shows she is charged with fraud and embezzlement occurring in August and September 2021.
“Falsifying timesheets is not fair to taxpayers and is illegal,” said White. “We’re seeing an uptick in these kinds of cases. Those currently doing this should know that we are watching.”
If convicted on both counts, Miller faces up to 25 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney John Weddle.
No surety bond covers Miller’s employment at the Mississippi Welcome Center in Itawamba County. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Miller will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.
Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at the Auditor’s website or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.