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Davis accused of getting reimbursed twice for same expense

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is accused of double billing, asking both the city and its chamber of commerce to reimburse him the same expenses. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is accused of double billing, asking both the city and its chamber of commerce to reimburse him the same expenses.

(WMC-TV) – Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is accused of double billing, asking both the city and its chamber of commerce to reimburse him the same expenses.

For years, the city and chamber paid Davis to wine and dine business prospects. But now, they are looking to see if there was any intentional double billing or wrongdoing on the mayor's behalf.

"If double dipping is going on, that's a no-no," said Southaven Alderman Ronnie Hale. "We're very interested in making sure that's not going on."

Hale said the city's aldermen are closely examining about 26 bills that Davis submitted to the city for reimbursement which were also submitted to the chamber of commerce.

The receipts suggest that Davis was double billing for a three month period in 2010.

"We're working with the state auditor," said Hale. "Still trying to work through them, to check the invoices and the receipts like they are."

Hale said Davis denies the accusations.

"He just says ‘It's not as it appears,'" Hale said. "Obviously, we are trying to work with his office to make sure it's not something that's happening."

Although the chamber paid Davis $207,000 for entertainment and travel since 2004, and the city another $153,000 since 2009, neither required the mayor to submit receipts for his spending.

Some of the entertainment and travel expenses Davis submitted involved what's been described as the wining and dining of business prospects for Southaven.

"Wining and dining has always been part of the process," said Hale. "Is it a direct outcome for the money that's spent? We can't say that for sure, but we do know the city has been growing and it's been the method he's used in the past."

While Davis denies the charges, some of his opponents in Southaven feel the accusations will strengthen their campaign to force him out of office.

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