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Ex-car salesman pleads guilty

GREENVILLE — A former car salesman has pled guilty to fraud in the course of his duties, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Lee Vallery, 49, of Greenville appeared before Washington County Circuit Court Judge Richard Smith where he pled guilty, pursuant to a Bill of Information, to one count of mail/wire fraud. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Vallery was sentenced to five years behind bars, with three years to serve and two years on post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $3,000, all court costs and $1,500 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

Vallery was employed as a car salesman at Yazoo Motors in Yazoo City when he committed the mail fraud.

“Our investigation showed that the defendant was altering financial documents and increasing the income of potential car buyers in order to qualify them to purchase a vehicle,” said Hood.

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