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Internal investigation at MDHS leads to plea agreement in Hinds County

By: Anne Summerhays - July 20, 2022

Lashanda Feazell was charged with embezzlement.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) announced that Lashanda Feazell, a Hinds County, Mississippi resident and former employee, has entered into a plea agreement with the District Attorney concerning embezzlement before the Hinds County Circuit Court on June 20, 2022.

Feazell was charged with embezzlement following an investigation conducted by agents of the Investigations Division of the MDHS.

While Director of Procurement at MDHS, Feazell used the agency’s credit card to pay her personal cellular phone bill in the amount of $5,741.00 from August 2018 through January 2021.

“Feazell has paid restitution for the full amount of monies she was not entitled to receive. Feazell is also subject to one year of non-adjudicated probation under the Mississippi Department of Corrections supervision,” MDHS said in a release.

MDHS Executive Director Bob Anderson said that this investigation demonstrates the strengthened internal controls they have put in place to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud, waste, and abuse at any level, by any individual.

“This matter was identified through an internal audit which developed into a full-blown investigation that later resulted in an indictment,” Anderson said.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: