Utility Board Members Owe City $100,000 For Legal Fees

CANTON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Mississippi municipal utility board owes nearly $100,000 to the state auditor’s office after using public funds for personal use. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says five Canton Municipal Utilities Commissioners used public money to pay for an attorney when they were not board members. Cleotha Williams, Charles Weems, L.C. Slaughter, Charles Morgan and Cleveland Anderson have each received bills for more than $19,000. They were removed from the board in 2013 when a new city administration took office and filed lawsuits claiming it did not have authority to oust them, but lost in court. All five were reappointed to the board in 2017.



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