Mississippi public servant sentenced for stealing $54k in grant money

Published 2:23 am Saturday, December 23, 2023

A former City of Jackson employee was sentenced to five years of probation for wire fraud and ordered to pay approximately $54,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, Keyshia Sanders, 48, the City of Jackson’s former Constituent Service Manager, pleaded guilty to engaging in a wire fraud scheme to fraudulently induce the disbursement of grant money for her own benefit.

The scheme involved the use of fraudulent invoices that caused the grant’s fiscal agent to disburse funds to Sanders in clear contradiction to the terms of the grant and Sander’s role as a City of Jackson employee.

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The grant was intended to provide project support in the City of Jackson to invest in artists, artist collectives, and small arts organizations.

In total, the fraudulent transactions caused by Sanders over the course of the scheme totaled a loss of approximately $54,000.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office investigated the case.