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Former Southaven mayor questions audit

Former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is questioning the new audit. Former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is questioning the new audit.

(WMC-TV) - The Financial Audit for the City of Southaven, year ending September 30, 2012, offers a clear picture of the last fiscal year's spending.

It also cites five discrepancies out of 20 reimbursement requests that were for travel.

In the audit preparers Williams, Pitts, & Beard accounting firm stated:

"We did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses ... However, we identified a certain deficiency in internal control over financial reporting ... that we consider to be a significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting."

Auditors said it is not as severe as a material weakness, but it needed attention.

The discrepancies were with receipts for travel by former Mayor Greg Davis, according to one alderman who wished to keep his named concealed. However, the alderman said Davis was not found to have done anything wrong.

He says Davis immediately gave those reimbursements back to the city.

Former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is questioning the new audit. He said in a written response:

"Williams, Pitts, and Beard did audits for the city for almost 16 years, all but two years while I was in office. It would've been nice for them to have found deficiencies early on which would've allowed for policy change with the drama I've experienced over the last two years. But I guess anyone can play Monday night quarterback."

Southaven's reimbursement policy changed in the midst of investigations into Davis' spending. Now specific detailed receipts must be turned in.

Action News 5 reached out to Williams, Pitts, & Beard for comment and did not hear back before this report ran.

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