Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Bryant orders rebidding of contracts in wake of Epps’ indictment

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant tells The Associated Press that the state will rebid contracts with all firms mentioned in an indictment of former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Spokesman Knox Graham said yesterday that Bryant instructed interim Corrections Commissioner Richard McCarty to stop negotiations with Utah-based Management and Training Corp. over renewing a $60-million-a-year contract […] [...]

Court unseals 49-count indictment against ex-Corrections Commissioner Epps

JACKSON — A 49-count federal indictment charges former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, with accepting more than $700,000 in bribes from a Rankin County businessman. The indictment unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson also charges Cecil McCrory of Brandon and says he paid Epps to obtain contracts for […] [...]

California firm sentenced for mishandling hazardous materials at Delta airport

GREENVILLE — Leading Edge Aviation Services Inc., a corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Glen Davidson, in Aberdeen following a guilty plea to one felony count of treating, storing or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit at Leading Edge’s now shuttered Greenville facility. Leading Edge operated […] [...]

Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent wants restitution payment reviewed

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board […] [...]

Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver’s licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, […] [...]

Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she […] [...]

Farm theft investigation recovers $200K in stolen equipment

JACKSON — An investigation by the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has resulted in the recovery of numerous pieces of stolen equipment. The Bureau anticipates arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike Braswell along with […] [...]

Nine arrested in international online sales scam case

BATON ROUGE, La. — Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam. A news release from Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office on Tuesday said the nine are suspected to have ties to organized crime in Romania. They are alleged to have stolen […] [...]

Man bargaining with prosecutors in Rose Cochran photo case

CANTON — Prosecutors say they are in plea bargain talks with a man allegedly involved in plotting to take unauthorized photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife during the Republican primary campaign. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells the Madison County Journal the talks could result in Richard Sager, a teacher from Laurel, testifying […] [...]

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