JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - State Auditor Shad White announced Wednesday that the former town clerk of Coldwater, Miss., George Nangah, was arrested by local law auditor's office and federal agencies.
Nangah faces a federal indictment of multiple counts of wire fraud. He was also issued a demand for $302,973.19 from the Auditor’s office.
According to a news release from White's office, Nangah was born “Ekese Awah Nangah” and has used multiple aliases. He was town clerk in Coldwater from April 2014 until July 2017. During this time, the auditor says Nangah made over $116,000 in unapproved purchases for items such as a GoPro camera and gift cards for airline tickets and hotels. The state contends many of these purchases were made by town debit cards or invoice accounts at local Lowe’s Home Improvement and Best Buy stores. Nangah also issued over $46,000 in unapproved payments directly to himself and over $53,000 to another individual in a kickback scheme.
The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor will deliver the case to the District Attorney for the Mississippi 17th District, John Champion, to secure an indictment for embezzlement.