Meridian Star

September 13, 2013

Auditor demands $398K from ex-Union Co. coroner

The Associated Press
The Meridian Star

NEW ALBANY, Miss. — The state auditor's office has asked former Union County Coroner Mark Golding to repay $398,418 after it found Golding was requesting fees from the board of supervisors for deaths which he did not investigate.

The auditor's figure includes investigative fees and interest.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a news release Thursday that his office began an investigation on Golding in May and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.

In addition to the fees, Pickering says the false claims inflated Golding's future retirement benefits.

Golding resigned as coroner June 6, 2013, and his retirement account was frozen for 90 days by a court order issued in August.

Pickering says during the 90-day freeze, his office will work with retirement system to adjust Golding's benefits.