Ex-contractor’s bank fraud trial postponed

handcuffsSOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date.

The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers yesterday asked for and received a continuance because they said in a motion that there were discrepancies over a payment amount.

Harris admitted during his plea hearing that he submitted four fake invoices to Citizens National Bank, falsely claiming that his company needed to draw money from a bank loan to construct a box culvert at or near Cherry Hill subdivision, when in reality Southaven had already paid his company to install the culvert.

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