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Nancy New (left) and former Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis (third from left) are among those charged with a "sprawling conspiracy" to embezzle government funds that were meant for needy families. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (second from right) often appeared with New at events for her DHS-funded programs, including Families First for Mississippi. New donated to a number of top state Republicans, including U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (right). The men second and fourth from left are not part of this story. Photo Families First for Mississippi Facebook page

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'Sprawling Conspiracy' Ensnares Voucher Beneficiaries, Republican Donors

At least two people who donated significant sums to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' campaign allegedly engaged in what the state's top elected official calls a "disgusting abuse of power."


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