Category Archives: Hattiesburg Patriot

State Auditor Seizes Hattiesburg City Records. Evidence of Bid Rigging Emerges Under Davis / Pittman Leadership of Public Works Department.

Alleged malfeasance within the city of Hattiesburg’s Public Works Department under the leadership of Russell Davis and Tim Pittman has been well documented in the past.  Allegations of overtime schemes, maintenance of private vehicles by city workers, and even city maintenance of a private vegetable garden were all reported by this blog in the article […]

Political Possum: Gia Croom’s fainting spell foils $150,000,000 “Sewage Heist” Turning “Land App” into “Land Nap.”

As citizens were ordered to vacate citizen’s council quarters for a closed door executive session, Hattiesburg native Gia Croom fell out in the floor in what became a prolonged fainting spell, delaying the proceedings. First responders arrived, carting her off in an ambulance. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Deborah Delgado raced at breakneck speed from Washington D.C. to attend […]

Disgraced City Attorney Charles Lawrence Sued for $600,000 Over Unethical Behavior, Slander, Gross Negligence, and Violation of Attorney-Client Privilege

The chickens are now coming home to roost for disgraced City Attorney Charles Lawrence and the Dupree Administration. Lawrence has now been sued to the tune of a $600,000 lawsuit filed by Hattiesburg citizen and Dave Ware supporter Arthur Smith.  Smith, who campaigned for Dave Ware in Ware’s bid for the Mayor’s seat cast an […]

Mayor Dupree Ignored Gas Theft Controls and Internal Auditor Recommendations Found in a 2012 Investigation Summary of Public Works Department

If one wants to allow, or facilitate theft and fraud within an organization, a lack of proper accounting controls and no internal audits would be textbook ways to carry out that goal. By not having proper accounting controls and reporting, theft and fraud could go unnoticed  with near impunity. Evidence of theft becomes essentially non-existent or too costly […]

Mayor Dupree Failed to Disclose Repeated, Fraudulent Gasoline Purchases to Council in Claims Dockets

Every city council meeting there is a claims docket whereby city council approves expenditures.  On Monday December 16th there was a slight hiccup in the approval process. Council members brought into question clearly fraudulent gasoline expenditures racking up within the Water Department. The water department has two vehicles being used and gasoline is purchased at […]

Washington, D.C. Department of Justice Clerk Cast Hattiesburg Mayoral Absentee Ballot September 24th

In the next four years over 700 city jobs are employed under the Mayor, along with a $60+ million dollar annual budget, and the added lifetime expenditure of a generational $180 million dollar sewage treatment facility. So, not surprisingly many of the questionable and illegal ballots uncovered recently have been cast by city employees who stand to lose their jobs under […]

Harrison County Resident Boasted on Facebook About Voting in Hattiesburg’s Special Election

Harrison County resident Arvell “Trey” DeLaine III openly boasted about voting in Hattiesburg’s special election on Facebook September 24th. Mr. DeLaine went so far as to invite other coastal residents still registered in Hattiesburg to ride with him to cast what would likely be an illegal vote. Records obtained by investigators working with the Hattiesburg […]