3 former MDOT employees arrested for embezzlement

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Three former Mississippi Department of Transportation employees are arrested for embezzlement.

The state auditor’s office said 28-year-old Clyde Poole, 30-year-old Connie Shegog, and 36-year-old Torrie Willey were indicted on one count each.

Authorities said the three were misusing Fuelman cards.  The investigation showed that Poole and Shegog were using MDOT Fuelman cards to purchase fuel for semi-truck drivers. They said that Shegog used his Fuelman card to purchase gas for a privately owned semi-truck and then collect cash from the truck’s driver.

“MDOT discovered violations involving use of state funds through internal controls and immediately began an investigation that included a report of the incident to the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor,” said Melinda McGrath, MDOT executive director. “The Auditor’s office, working with MDOT Enforcement, began to build a case based on this report.”

The three of them were also issued a demand from the state auditor’s office: Poole’s demand is $1,394.51, Shegog’s demand is $12,751.02, and Willey’s  demand is $101.36.

Shegog and Willey both resigned from MDOT in September and Poole left before being identified in the investigation.

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