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Businessman involved in Frankel insurance scam dies at 81

CORINTH — Marvin Thurston Little, a colorful political figure in Mississippi and a Corinth businessman who got caught up in an insurance scam run by Martin Frankel, has died in a nursing home in Booneville. He was 81.

Officials with Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth say Little died Monday at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. Services will be held tomorrow at noon at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church in Corinth.

The cause of death was not released.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; four sons, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.

Little was a prominent real estate developer and businessman in north Mississippi’s Alcorn County and had close ties to the late U.S. Sen. James O. Eastland.

The large Little family of Alcorn County has long been prominent in Mississippi politics, particularly aligned with Eastland, who held political sway in Mississippi for 40 years, and with governors dating back to Paul B. Johnson Sr. in the 1940s.

Little was sentenced in 2005 to 29 months each on two separate counts — aiding and abetting in making false entries and aiding and abetting in money laundering — in connection with the Frankel international insurance scam.

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