What the Mississippi state auditor is looking for in Alcorn County
CORINTH, Miss. — Just days after the Mississippi State Auditor seized documents from the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, the county purchasing clerk has been arrested.
William Paul Rhodes was arrested Thursday in his office for obstruction of justice.
An affidavit filed in the case revealed why auditors were at the Alcorn offices Tuesday.
An investigator stated he is looking at Alcorn County District 2 Supervisor Jimmy Dal Nelms as well as Rhodes and several vendors.
The investigation focuses on, ‘a conspiracy designed to embezzle and/or convert money, equipment, and property from Alcorn County.”
The investigator said he was going through files last December when, unknown to him, Rhodes snapped pictures of his notes via a cell phone.
The investigator said earlier this month he seized Dal Nelms’ county issued phone and found the pictures which originated from Rhodes’ cell phone as well as text messages.
In one message Rhodes reportedly admitted to taking pictures of the notes, which were in closed notebooks.
Rhodes is being held on a $10,000 bond.
WTVA-TV reported at a meeting Thursday night, Pickering told Alcorn County Supervisors that this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”
Pickering recently successfully prosecuted former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis for embezzlement.