State still waiting to recover thousands after DMR embezzlement scandal

State still waiting to recover thousands after DMR embezzlement scandal
The Mississippi Auditor's office today released its annual report on the misuse of public funds.

Nearly five years after the embezzlement scandal at the Department of Marine Resources, the state is still waiting to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Mississippi Auditor's office released its annual report on the misuse of public funds.

Former Director Bill Walker, his son Scott Walker and ex-DMR Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler, Jr. were ordered to pay a cumulative $779,651.75. Since November 2013, the parties have paid $215,324.89 just more than 25 % of the restitution payments.

Prosecutors said Ziegler conspired with Bill and Scott Walker to funnel funds from DMR to private use.

Both Bill and Scott spent time in jail, and Ziegler served time on house arrest for the crimes. 

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