Ex-attorney sentenced for biodiesel scam
by Associated Press
Published: September 3,2010
ABERDEEN — A disbarred Tennessee attorney gets a 26-month sentence for defrauding a federal biofuels subsidy program.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal says 67-year-old H. Max Speight was sentenced yesterday in federal court.
Speight and William T. “Tommy” Tacker II of Okolona were partners in Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc., which built a soybean biodiesel refinery but went bankrupt in 2006.
They were indicted last year on 10 counts of filing false statements to get $2.88 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Speight pleaded guilty to one count and agreed to testify against Tacker.
Tacker was convicted and sentenced to 60 months in prison and repayment. His new attorneys have appealed, saying Speight took the money and Tacker’s trial attorneys did a poor job.
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