New state law invoked in cases of former state employees guilty of stealing

Two former state employees will no longer be eligible to work for the state in any capacity, a result of a new law that prohibits anyone guilty of stealing public funds to serve for any Mississippi agency.

It was the first and second time the law has been invoked since it was approved by the state Legislature this year, said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

On Tuesday, David Kweller, a former state Department of Health employee, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $23,000. He was sentenced to five years, with four suspended and one to serve on house arrest.

The day before, former Union County Coroner Mark Golding pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud where he submitted false claims totaling more than $275,000.

Clarion Ledger