JACKSON, Miss. — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis must repay the city more than $73,000 for improper expenses.

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday unanimously refused an appeal from Davis after the state Court of Appeals upheld a ruling in December by a Hinds County chancery judge.

Davis repaid $96,000 of nearly $300,000 he charged on a city credit card or was paid for expenses and mileage. But state Auditor Stacey Pickering sued seeking another $73,000.

Davis counter-sued, contending expenses were legitimate because he was promoting DeSoto County’s largest city. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas and the Court of Appeals rejected those claims.

Davis did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the decision.

The Commercial Appeal (http://memne.ws/2c5e6y0) reports Thursday’s civil ruling by the Supreme Court completes a saga dating to 2011, when the state auditor’s office began looking into allegations Davis improperly billed Southaven for a host of personal expenses.

The ruling is separate from a criminal case against Davis, in which a DeSoto County Circuit Jury found him guilty of felony fraud and embezzlement stemming from a city-leased SUV that Davis later purchased at a reduced price. In that case, the state appeals court in July granted Davis a new trial saying he should have been given a change of venue because of intense publicity in DeSoto County.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com