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Southaven chamber releases audit

(WMC-TV) - According to the Commercial Appeal, a newly released audit by the Southaven Chamber of Commerce questions more than $100,000 in reimbursements to Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.

The paper said Davis received hefty reimbursements from the chamber without receipts.  The Commercial Appeal said chamber auditors "were unable to examine sufficient documentation" on $75,800 in expenses for Davis to recruit businesses to Southaven between 2008 and 2009.

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce's attorney, Rick Duerr, said the chamber is looking into all matters.  He could not grant an interview or talk about the audit.

As reported previously, the state auditor's office also found a lack of documentation for $170,000 spent on Davis' city credit card, including taxpayer money spent on vacations, a gay sex shop, and parties.

Davis has paid back $96,000, but still owes the City of Southaven roughly $62,000.

Monday, Davis told Action News 5 he had done nothing wrong.

"There has never been any intentional charge to the City of Southaven for any personal use," said Davis.

According to the Commercial Appeal article, the total amount the chamber reimbursed to Davis between 2008 and 2010 is just under $124,000.

The state auditor is now working to wrap up the civil investigation of Davis.  He is under criminal investigation by the FBI.

Davis has not been charged.

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce is a private non-profit, so their internal audits are not subject to the Public Information Act.  The Commercial Appeal, as a chamber member, is privy to the information.

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