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2 others face conspiracy and fraud charges in Hinds County Election Commission case

ByChad J. Johnson

May 24, 2022

2 others face conspiracy and fraud charges in Hinds County Election Commission case

Undare Kidd and Trafonda Kidd accused of submitting false invoices for services that were not provided, auditor says

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office announced two new arrests in connection with the Hinds County Election Commission case. Special agents have arrested Undare Kidd and Trafonda Kidd, who have both been charged with conspiracy and fraud, auditor Shad White said in a news release Tuesday. The Kidds also received a formal demand for nearly $50,000. The Kidds are accused of submitting a false invoice for services that were not actually provided to Hinds County ratepayers, White said. Hinds County officials have confirmed that Trafonda Kidd works for the Hinds County Chancery Clerk’s Office. The arrests come after Toni Johnson, Sudie Jones-Teague and Cedric Cornelius were each arrested for fraud, embezzlement and corruption earlier this year. Some of the money allegedly obtained by the Kidds came from $1.9 million in grants awarded to Hinds County by the Center for Tech and Civic Life – a nonprofit funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg . According to the Wall Street Journal, this organization gave more than $350 million to election offices across the country during the 2020 election season.

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office announced two new arrests in connection with the Hinds County Election Commission case.

Special agents have arrested Undare Kidd and Trafonda Kidd, who have both been charged with conspiracy and fraud, auditor Shad White said in a news release Tuesday. The Kidds also received a formal demand for nearly $50,000.

The Kidds are accused of submitting a false invoice for services that were not actually provided to Hinds County ratepayers, White said. Hinds County officials confirmed that Trafonda Kidd worked for the Hinds County Chancery Clerk’s Office.

The arrests come after Toni Johnson, Sudie Jones-Teague and Cedric Cornelius were each arrested for fraud, embezzlement and corruption earlier this year.

Some of the money allegedly obtained by the Kidds came from $1.9 million in grants awarded to Hinds County by the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg . According to the Wall Street Journal, this organization gave more than $350 million to election offices across the country during the 2020 election season.