Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Ex-DMR director wants more time before sentencing for corruption

BILOXI — The former head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources has joined his son and another defendant in asking a federal judge to hold off sentencing him on corruption charges. Bill Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 5 but wants a six-week delay. The motion indicates federal prosecutors don’t oppose the postponement to resolve […] [...]

Businessman admits to defrauding USDA in kickback scheme

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman has pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme, which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prosecutors say 82-year-old T.L. Pittman Jr. entered the plea in federal court in Hattiesburg to a bill of information that charged him with one count of theft of government funds. He will be sentenced Aug. 18. […] [...]

Sentencing for man who sent ricin-laced letters moved to Oxford

OXFORD — The May 14 sentencing for James Everett Dutschke has been moved to Oxford from Aberdeen. The order was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court clerk’s office. No explanation for the change was included with the order. Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the 10:30 a.m. sentencing. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-city manager asks for delay in sentencing for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has asked to have his sentencing on federal corruption charges put off for 30 days. Janus’ lawyer, Cliff Johnson, filed a motion for the delay Friday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors don’t oppose the delay in sentencing, which had been set for tomorrow. Johnson wrote that Janus […] [...]

Ex-Delta housing authority leader’s conviction upheld

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Ann Jefferson was convicted in 2012 in federal […] [...]

Convicted felons see voting rights restored

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed bills to restore the voting rights of three people convicted of felonies. In Mississippi, the only way to restore the right to vote after a a felony conviction is through the Legislature passing a suffrage bill. Only three people were approved to have their voting rights restored this […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended […] [...]

Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud

JACKSON — A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William “Butch” Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The 58-year-old is being held without bond in Mississippi, and a court appearance was set for Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that after Dickson’s […] [...]

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