Another arrest made in Hinds County Election Commission scheme 

Auditor Shad White announced Sudie Jones-Teague was indicted on multiple charges by a Hinds County grand jury after she surrendered to Special Agents. They also delivered a demand letter to her showing she owes nearly $150,000 back to Hinds County taxpayers. The demand amount includes interest and investigative expenses.

This arrest is part of a larger alleged scheme also involving Hinds County Election Commissioner Toni Johnson and businessman Cedric Cornelius, who were both arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office last week.

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“We are committed to putting a stop to fraud like this,” said Auditor White. “If you have information on this case or any others, please call the Auditor’s office at 1-800-321-1275.”

Jones-Teague was arrested for fraud, conspiracy, and bribery. She has been accused of working with Cornelius and Johnson to have New Beginnings, her company, illegitimately approved as a vendor for Hinds County. However, no work was actually performed.

New Beginnings is registered as a “hair and fashion” company but was paid to perform cleaning and catering services. A demand letter delivered to Jones-Teague upon her arrest shows she owes $143,459.32 to Hinds County taxpayers.

If convicted, she could face years in prison and thousands in fines.