Auditor: More than $4M stolen from Mississippi welfare funds

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(AP) – Mississippi’s state auditor says at least $4 million in federal welfare money was stolen by the former head of the state welfare agency and others in nation’s poorest state.

Indictments issued Wednesday state $48,000 paid for a luxury drug rehabilitation program for a former pro wrestler. Investigators say a politically-connected nonprofit administrator and her son took more than $4 million.

It may be the largest public embezzlement case in Mississippi history by dollar value. Republican Auditor Shad White says an investigation continues.

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