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Mid-South coroner resigns following false invoicing allegations

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Former Union County coroner Mark Golding resigned. Former Union County coroner Mark Golding resigned.
The County administrator said Golding's been on the job for more than 10 years. The County administrator said Golding's been on the job for more than 10 years.
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(WMC-TV) - An auditor continues an investigation into a Mid-South coroner for submitting false invoices for death investigations that come out of the taxpayer's pockets. Officials swore in a new coroner Monday after the former Union County coroner, Mark Golding, resigned.

In Union County, taxpayers pay the coroner $900 a month and $125 dollars for each death they work.

Mississippi auditor Stacey Pickering is looking to see if Golding submitted false invoices to the county, according to District Attorney Ben Creekmore.

"Whether those are sufficient or reliable, or whether he actually did the work or not," said Creekmore.

Creekmore expects the auditor's results within a couple of weeks and then plans to turn the case over to a grand jury for a possible charge.

"In order for the coroner to get paid he submits his work to the Chancery Clerk's office to get a check. The state auditor's office tells us in a release that they seized a $5,000 check last week that they plan to use as evidence against Golding," said Creekmore.

The County administrator said Golding's been on the job for more than 10 years. He resigned Thursday.

Melanie Keys pays taxes in Union County and said if it is true then elected officials need to be held accountable like anyone else.

"Even though he's resigned I still think they should do whatever is necessary to the fullest extent of the law," said Keys.

Golding made headlines in the past after he drove accused killer Adam Mayes to the body farm at the University of Tennessee.

No one picked up when Action News 5 reporter Michael Clark called Golding's last known cell phone number for his side of the story.

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