MDHS approves contract with firm to recoup millions in misspent welfare money

The Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the hiring of the Jones Walker law firm...
The Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the hiring of the Jones Walker law firm to continue civil litigation and recovery of money believed to be misspent from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund.(WLBT)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 12:01 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Department of Human Services announced the hiring of the Jones Walker law firm to continue civil litigation and recovery of money believed to be misspent from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund. Thirty-eight parties have been named as defendants in the pending lawsuit.

The Mississippi State Personnel Board approved the hiring and Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch approved the contract.

Gov. Tate Reeves reacted to the news Thursday, saying in a statement that Jones Walker has ‘a well-known reputation for integrity’ and is capable of handling the magnitude of the case.

MDHS said in a news release that the new contract allows MDHS to effectively represent Mississippi’s interests.

Read the MDHS news release here.

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