Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

TAKE 2: Bring it on — But the gun culture in America has got to change

I know the usual defense of guns, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Yeah. Yeah. But it’s harder to kill someone with a baseball bat than with a gun. A baseball bat doesn’t go off accidentally, and it’s hard to get in multiple rounds on a baseball bat in a few short seconds. >> […] [...]

Ex-bank teller denied bond; accused of stealing money for drugs

GULFPORT — A former teller for Hancock Bank has been denied bond on a federal criminal complaint alleging she stole more than $80,000 from the bank. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Keel was denied bond Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Court records show that in an interview with the FBI, Keel admitted taking money […] [...]

Used car dealer asks judge to toss marijuana charge

JACKSON — A man convicted of a marijuana charge related to a raid on a Jackson car lot is asking for a judge to throw out his conviction and order a new trial. Jeremy Lee Stambaugh, owner of Paradise Auto Sales in south Jackson, was arrested at the car lot in February along with Johnny […] [...]

Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi physician who wrote fake prescriptions that helped defraud Medicare of more than $5 million lost her medical license and has been ordered in Baton Rouge, La., federal court to repay the insurer $1.6 million. Dr. Jo A. Francis, of Natchez, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care […] [...]

Car dealer pleads guilty after raid nets 416 pounds of marijuana

JACKSON — Federal court records say the owner of a used car dealership in Jackson has pleaded guilty to charges related to a raid on his business that allegedly uncovered 416 pounds of marijuana. Jeremy Lee Stambaugh, owner of Paradise Auto Sales in south Jackson, was arrested at the car lot in February along with […] [...]

Associate director at VA hospital arrested for prescription drug fraud

JACKSON — An associate director at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Mississippi has been arrested and charged with prescription fraud as part of an ongoing investigation, authorities said Thursday. Dorothy White-Taylor, 59, the associate director of patient care services at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, was arrested Tuesday and released on […] [...]

Late alumna Sciacca endows scholarship at UM School of Pharmacy

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a new scholarship thanks to the generosity of the late Madeline O. Sciacca of Slidell, La., who remembered her alma mater in her will. Sciacca, who obtained her pharmacy degree from UM in 1953, left $400,000 to the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy to […] [...]

Pharmaceutical company settles civil allegations for $2.8M

MADISON — A Mississippi-based pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve civil allegations that the manufacturer falsely marketed skin products to receive government funding. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said yesterday Cypress Pharmaceutical Inc., a subsidiary and CEO Max Draughn will pay $1.6 million to the military’s TRICARE program and $1.2 million […] [...]

Hood preparing fight to keep $17M from settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi’s effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Alper Ozinal, spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells the Clarion-Ledger the agency […] [...]

Surgeon cleared on charge of growing marijuana

JACKSON COUNTY — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against former heart surgeon, who in 2009 was accused of growing marijuana on his 50-acre property in Jackson County. District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a statement yesterday that Circuit Robert Krebs signed the order to dismiss Monday. David Bruce Allen was charged in February 2009 after […] [...]

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