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Auditor reduces amount owed by Southaven mayor

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi State Auditor's Office reduced the amount of money that embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis must pay as part of an investigation into the misuse of taxpayer funds.

"Has been reduced by about $10,000," said Lisa Shoemaker with the Mississippi State Auditor's Office.  "We also took the interest off."

In early November, Mississippi State Auditor Stacy Pickering announced an ongoing investigation into Davis' spending patterns.

Davis claimed he was operating in Southaven's best interests.

"Every bill submitted was done in good faith for legitimate expenses," said Davis.

Davis repaid $96,000 and submitted documentation supporting another $44,000.

After reviewing Davis' paperwork, the auditor subtracted $11,900.49 from Davis' bill.

Davis must now pay back $62,881.89 that the auditor's office contends was not valid city business.

"There was not enough documentation for us to be able to accept it based on what was provided to us," said Shoemaker.  "We have communicated to his attorney and are expecting payment immediately."

Multiple phone messages to Davis' attorney, Steve Farese, were not returned Friday.  Farese had previously said that Davis is on leave to attend to health issues.

Action News 5 requested the documentation Davis had submitted to the state.  The auditor's office declined, saying it was part of their investigative file.

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