FBI looking into Southaven mayor's expenses

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) – The federal government is investigating Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' use of city funds, according to a spokesperson with the state auditor's office.

The Mississippi Auditor's Office says the city reimbursed Davis more than for expenditures that were not legitimate expenses and now federal investigators are looking into the case.

"I can now confirm State Auditor Stacey Pickering has met with the Northern District United States Attorney, FBI and the local district attorney, and the criminal investigation is moving forward," Lisa Shoemaker, the auditor's spokesperson said in a written statement Wednesday. "Auditor Pickering has shared documents with these agencies. As of 3:45 p.m. today, we have not received a check from the Mayor for the demand due on December 2."

Monday, Davis said he plans to write a substantial check by the end of the week, something he was supposed to have done by last Friday.  Criminal investigations into his actions will continue regardless of if the money is paid back in full.

"That is totally separate from the criminal investigation," Shoemaker said by phone Wednesday.  "The two are not necessarily related."

Davis said he had no comment on the criminal investigation until he is notified by investigators.

Tuesday, Davis said he has a resolution signed by city alderman in 1999.  He said the vague document gives him freedom to do as needed during his job as mayor.  It was drafted with the former auditor and current Governor-elect Phil Bryant opened an investigation into his use of city cars.

The resolution was signed by four of the seven current city alderman.

Davis said once Bryant was shown this resolution, the investigation was closed.  Davis believes the resolution should also cover his latest troubles.

Davis turned in $44,000 in receipts to validate the expenses, including $18,000 in liquor purchases. Ten of the receipts appeared to be legitimate according to the auditor's office which requested additional information.

That means Davis still owes approximately $120,000.

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