Jackson Zoo ordered to repay $350K by November 16 - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson Zoo ordered to repay $350K by November 16

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The same day Jackson Zoo Executive Director Beth Poff submitted her letter of resignation, the new interim director received a letter from the Department of Finance and Administration.

The letter, addressed to Dave Wetzel, orders the Zoo to repay the $350K in misappropriated funds by November 16, 2018.

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Poff previously admitted that she misused bond money for day-to-day operations, payroll, utilities, animal food and insurance. 

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The letter to Interim Wetzel reads, in short:

Based on the information available to the DFA at this time, it is apparent that the Jackson Zoo is in violation of the MOU's and the Authorizing Legislation regarding Bonds. For this reason, the DFA requests that the Jackson Zoo repay the misappropriated funds and return any and all unexpended bond proceeds to the State by no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. Should the Jackson Zoo not return misappropriated funds, the DFA will seek assistance from the City of Jackson and may refer this matter to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

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The Zoo must also provide the DFA with a detailed accounting for all expenses related to the Bonds, along with invoices and similar documentation for each expense, within 90 days.

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You can read the full letter below.

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