Southaven mayor misses deadline to repay expenses

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis did not submit his $170,000 in repayments to the State Auditor's Office in Jackson, Mississippi by the deadline Friday.

The office said Friday at 5:00 p.m. was the deadline for payment.

Davis told Action News 5 he spoke with auditors.  He said they are still looking at receipts he gave them and they want more information.

"I think we should give him a chance since he's trying to get receipts together," said Southaven resident Bill Shephard.

Davis turned in $44,000 in receipts, including $18,000 for liquor purchases.  The auditor's office felt that amount was extreme.

The State Auditor's Office did not accept the majority of the receipts because they did not meet their expectations of city expenses.  Ten receipts could be legitimate expenses and the auditor's office has requested additional information on those.

The state said it will accept payment next week from Davis.

"Our primary role in the State Auditor's Office in Mississippi is to recover funds on behalf of the taxpayers of Mississippi," said Lisa Shoemaker with the State Auditor's Office.

Davis said he is confident he can show he has been spending the city's money on city business.  If he cannot, he will have to pay the balance.

The audit is a result of a seven-month investigation by state auditors.

If Davis does not come up with the receipts for all of the money, the City of Southaven can sue him.  There could also be criminal charges.

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