How America’s youngest state auditor uncovered the largest public corruption scandal in the history of the nation’s poorest state
“A must read” with all the thrills of a John Grisham novel — for fans of shocking true crime exposés like Black Edge and Bad Blood (Peter Schweizer, author of Secret Empires)
This riveting exposé details how a small team of auditors and investigators, led by the youngest State Auditor in the country, uncovered a brazen scheme where the powerful stole millions in welfare funds from the poor in a sprawling conspiracy that stretched from Mississippi to Malibu.
Well-connected donors, highly placed officials, and popular public figures, including Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, lined their own pockets with tens of millions of dollars diverted from the federal government's TANF — temporary assistance for needy families — program until a Republican auditor, his small team of dedicated investigators, and a Democratic prosecutor joined forces to hold them accountable in the face of intense obstruction and harassment.
Peopled with unforgettable characters — from the perpetrators; to the impoverished citizens for whom the money was intended; to the investigators, prosecutors, and reporters who held them to account — Mississippi Swindle is a political and true crime drama that highlights larger crises while appealing to a broad nationwide audience.
About the Author
Shad White is the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi. White, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi, population 731, in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers and his mother and grandmother were public school teachers. Shad went on to earn degrees from the University of Mississippi; the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and Harvard Law School. White was appointed State Auditor in July 2018 and won election to the office in 2019. Prior to becoming Auditor, White served as a special prosecutor, won ethics cases against politicians who broke the law, and earned a certificate in forensic accounting (the use of accounting to discover fraud) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also serves as a captain in the Mississippi National Guard. Shad, his wife Rina, and their three children live in Flowood, Mississippi.
"Mississippi’s state auditor Shad White names names in his fast-paced account of the plunder of $100 million in welfare funds by corrupt officials and their well-connected associates – including celebrity athletes. White also reveals a lack of cooperation and outright opposition to the investigation by prosecutors, legislators and other powerful figures that was almost as maddening as the theft itself.” --Curtis Wilkie, author of The Fall of the House of Zeus
"A lot of people talk about corruption and fraud--but very few people do anything about it. Shad White is one of those people who is taking action. And in this book he explains how he did it. A must read." --Peter Schweizer, author of the #1 New York Times best seller Secret Empires
“I first met Shad White when he was a Rhodes Scholar, and we sat in an ancient pub in Oxford, England and talked about our shared hopes for a better, more just Mississippi. I am not surprised he has dedicated himself to public service -- a chapter of which is contained between these covers." --Wright Thompson, author of Pappyland