Thursday, May 24, 2018

Former Columbus-Lowndes County Airport (KUBS) manager arrested for embezzlement

A former manager of the Columbus-Lowndes Airport has been arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for embezzlement.  

Billy Scarborough, 53, of Ethelsville, was arrested Monday in connection with a 2014 investigation, according to an OSA spokesperson. He was also served a demand of $14,490.81, which includes interest and investigative costs.  

Scarborough allegedly obtained more than 2,000 gallons of fuel from Columbus Public Works when he worked as airport manager under an independent contract. He also faces a charge from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office for embezzlement after he was accused of stealing airplane parts.  

The OSA spokesperson said Scarborough obtained the fuel with a fuel card the city and county provided. The investigation was specifically into Scarborough and not the Columbus Public Works Department, the spokesperson confirmed.  

The Columbus-Lowndes Airport is a joint city-county venture run primarily by the city. A board with appointees from both the city and county oversee the airport.  

"I didn't know about the arrest, but we knew about the situation pretty much as soon as it happened," said Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box, who serves on the airport board. "He wasn't an employee, so it wasn't a termination. We just ended his contact."  

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders and County Administrator Ralph Billingsley both said they were unaware of Scarborough's arrest before The Dispatch contacted them Thursday morning.  

Scarborough has been released from OSA custody on $7,500 bond.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The former manager of the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport has been arrested for embezzlement.

On Monday, May 21, special agents with the State Auditor's Office arrested Billy Scarborough for embezzlement.

He was served a demand of $14,490.81, which includes interest and investigative costs.

During his time in the position, reports show he obtained more than 2,000 gallons of unleaded and/or diesel fuel from Columbus Public Works, stated the Auditor's Office.

"The fuel was obtained outside the scope of Scarborough's duties as airport manager," stated the State Auditor's Office.

He was released from custody on a $7,500 bond.

The Auditor's Office stated Scarborough had previously been arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department for the alleged theft of airplane parts. This previous arrest is un-related to the new embezzlement arrest.

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