NEW: Moss Point Mayor Mario King & his wife Natasha told contributors for the 2019 "Mayor's Gala" that proceeds would support a mental health program for K-12 students.

Prosecutors say they used the money to buy a Volvo & pay off personal debt instead. 1/…
The Kings plan to plead guilty to at least one charge each on Feb. 24. But Mayor King has signaled no plans to resign despite facing 14 federal charges and up to 20 years. His term ends in June.

An alderman is calling for him to "immediately" resign. 2/…
The Kings told gala attendees that their contributions would “support the efforts of mental health in the City of Moss Point with a focus on the Moss Point School District, converting spaces into a therapeutic and innovative learning environment." 3/…
None of the money ever made its way to the school or to mental health programs, prosecutors say.

The Kings created Rejuvenate LLC in 2018 and set up an LLC bank account where they deposited or transferred the donations for the mental health program. 4/…
The indictment says: "On April 8, 2019, defendant, Natasha R. King, used a debit card on the Rejuvenate LLC bank account and the funds solicited for the Gala to make a $2,000 down payment on a Cadillac XTC with CarMax," but returned the car on Apr. 20. 5/…
After CarMax sent her a $2k refund for the down payment, the indictment says, she deposited it in the couple’s personal bank account.

On May 12, the document says, Natasha King used $3,000 of proceeds from the Gala for a $3,700 down payment on a Volvo. 6/…
The charges say the couple also used the funds from the gala to pay off $745 in credit card debt which the couple had used “for the purchase of a Biewer Terrier.” 7/…
Voters will select nominees for Moss Point mayor on April 6, with absentee voting starting on Monday. The general election is on June 8. The same dates apply for the year's municipal elections in other cities and towns across the state. 8/…
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For excellent local journalism on the Moss Point mayor story, read @sunherald's reporting, including today's report from @margar45:…

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