Posts Tagged ‘conspiracy’

Walker to be sentenced on federal fraud, conspiracy charges

HATTIESBURG — Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker is scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court in Hattiesburg on one count of federal program fraud and one count of conspiracy. The 34-year-old Walker, son of former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director Bill Walker, pleaded guilty in February. As part of a plea agreement, eight […] [...]

Ex-city manager to be sentenced next month for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus will be sentenced on June 24 in Hattiesburg before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. The government did not object to Janus’ request for a 30-day continuance for the sentencing. On Friday Janus’ attorneys asked that the sentencing be delayed to provide time to resolve sentencing issues. His […] [...]

Two arrested for platinum theft from DuPont’s Delisle Plant

GULFPORT — A Gulfport man and his estranged wife have been arrested in the theft of six pounds of platinum from the DuPont Corporation’s Delisle Plant. Willard Kevin Gallagher, 54, is charged with grand larceny. Angela Marie Simmons, 48, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime. Harrison […] [...]

New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director’s criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally […] [...]

Ex-housing director pleading guilty to conspiracy to embezzle

SHELBY — The former director of a nonprofit housing agency has agreed to plead guilty to charges against her and testify against an ex-state employee. Linda Balducci of Shelby pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Michael Mills to one count of conspiracy to embezzle money. Court papers show that Balducci also will testify […] [...]

Ex-school principal asks for delay in embezzlement trial

HERNANDO — Former Olive Branch Middle School principal Mike McCoy, who was indicted on conspiracy and embezzlement charges, has requested that his Jan. 14 trial be postponed because his attorney has a scheduling conflict. The Commercial Appeal reports McCoy’s attorney, Kevin Horan, filed the motion for a continuance Dec 6. In the motion, Horan, who […] [...]

Ex-mayor convicted of murder conspiracy released from prison

BILOXI — Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat was released from prison yesterday after serving 15 years in a conspiracy that led to the 1987 slayings of a Mississippi judge and the judge’s wife, also a Biloxi City Council member. The Sun Herald reports Halat, 70, was released from federal prison in Oakdale, La., and moved […] [...]

Former school officials charged with conspiracy, embezzlement

OLIVE BRANCH — Three former Olive Branch Middle School staff members are facing a single count each of conspiracy and embezzlement after they were indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury. The Commercial Appeal reports former principal Michael McCoy, of Olive Branch, former assistant principal Audrey Phillips, of Memphis, and former bookkeeper Kelli McGowen, of […] [...]

Businessman gets prison sentence for medical kickback

TUPELO — A federal judge has sentenced Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker to 55 months in federal prison, a $10,000 fine and three years’ post-release supervision on six counts related to a kickback conspiracy. The crimes centered on Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, of which Shoemaker was the administrator. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Shoemaker […] [...]

Trial set for ex-Rose Cancer Center doctor, billing agent

SUMMIT — An October 29 trial date has been set for a cancer doctor and a billing agent charged with health care fraud that includes allegations of using diluted chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks were indicted last August on charges including conspiracy and witness tampering related to […] [...]

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