Former chief financial officer for the city of Columbus Milton Rawle will spend up to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after pleading guilty Monday to embezzling nearly $290,000 in city funds.
The city of Columbus paid more than $1 million in excess of what was initially budgeted for general obligation bond debt in 2019, according to the city’s audit report for that year.
The audit of Columbus’ finances for Fiscal Year 2019 showed issues with the city budget that went beyond the misdeeds of the former chief financial officer charged with embezzlement, certified public accountant Wanda Holley told the city council at its Tuesday meeting.
The State Auditor’s Office has recovered almost $243,000 for the city of Columbus following the arrest of former Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle earlier this year, according to a SAO press release.
Former Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle was arrested Monday after being indicted in June for embezzling almost $290,000 from the city between 2016 and 2018 and falsifying documents to conceal the embezzlement, State Auditor Shad White told The Dispatch on Tuesday morning.
Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle resigned Tuesday night, a week after he returned from an unpaid suspension for failing to comply with job performance standards.
The city plans to pay a former Columbus certified public accountant $100 per hour to handle chief financial officer duties while Milton Rawle serves a four-week suspension.
Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle will not serve his city council-ordered suspension until at least January.
Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle has been suspended for 16 working days, without pay, for failing to comply with job performance standards.
A millage increase is not likely in Columbus next year as city leadership and department heads turned an $860,836.75 deficit into a $34,817.53 surplus after a budget workshop Wednesday.