Hands in the Till: Embezzlement of Public Monies in Mississippi

Hands in the Till: Embezzlement of Public Monies in Mississippi

by JamesR Crockett

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In 2004 Corporate Crime Reporter asserted that Mississippi was the most crooked state in America. By comparing the number of federal corruption convictions over the past decade and the 2002 population of the state, the conclusion was inescapable. Too many officials were robbing the public they had sworn to serve and protect.

Hands in the Till: Embezzlement of Public Monies in Mississippi establishes the scope of a major crisis in a poor state where needs are many and funds are scarce. The book highlights the tireless work of the Office of the State Auditor in investigating the theft of public money and bringing criminals to justice.

This book reports on thirty-seven cases that demonstrate how and why embezzlement occurs, how it is discovered and investigated, and how the state's justice system deals with perpetrators. The greedy schemes can be as outrageous as they are disheartening. Case histories narrated here involve a variety of public servants and others including chancery clerks, circuit clerks, justice court clerks, city clerks, sheriffs, tax collectors, school and college administrators, and employees of organizations that receive public money.

James R. Crockett is professor emeritus of accountancy and information systems at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604736281
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 04/02/2007
Series: Great Comics Artists Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Charles Hatfield, Northridge, California, is associate professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature. Follow his blog at http://handoffire.wordpress.com/.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Chapter 0 Kirby's Improbable Career 20

Chapter 1 Kirby's Narrative Art 36

Chapter 2 Kirby, Stan Lee, And The Creation Of Marvel Comics 78

Chapter 3 How Kirby Changed The Superhero 108

Chapter 4 Kirby's Technological Sublime 144

Chapter 5 The Great Bust-Out: Kirby's Fourth World 172

Chapter 6 Kirby At Apogee 206

Chapter 7 "Unexpected Constants": Kirby's Eternals Versus The Marvel Universe 228


Kirby And Kirbyana In Print And In Fandom 253

Notes 262

Works Cited 272

Index 284

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