Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story 10/3/03

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There is never a shortage of stories for this feature. This week's winners are a pair of former high officials of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, who allegedly gouged MBN and Mississippi taxpayers out of thousands of dollars in questionable overtime pay and questionable expenditures of anti-drug funds. The Associated Press reported September 27 that an internal MBN investigation named former MBN deputy director Ronald Pitts and former MBN chief of operations Bill Taylor as the malefactors and that the results of the investigation have been turned over to the state attorney general's office for further action.

According to the MBN report, Pitts was paid more than $4,500 in disputed overtime payments when he retired last year. Even though his account differed from the state's by 152 hours, he ordered that he be paid the full amount. The report also found that Taylor claimed more than $3,200 in overtime pay for marijuana eradication, much of which he claimed to have done during seasons when marijuana does not grow. Both men left the anti-drug agency last year.

The MBN report also found unusual anti-drug spending by the pair, including the purchase of 1,728 golf balls, 144 golf starter kits, 600 knit shirts, and three leather jackets.

Taylor and Pitts are only the latest to fall in the MBN's internal investigation. Marijuana eradication program head Jimmy Saxton was fired earlier this year over accusations that he cheated on his overtime pay, and agent Gary White has resigned after being caught giving Saxton helicopter lessons although White is not a certified instructor.

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