Posts Tagged ‘fine’

Supervisors want county out of fine-collecting business

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County Board of Supervisors wants out of a two-year contract it signed with Judicial Corrections Services Inc. to collect justice court fines. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports supervisors believe the private company is siphoning too much off the top of its collection fees, which increase by $40 each month a payment is […] [...]

Former teller with drug addiction sentenced for stealing

GULFPORT — A federal judge has sentenced Ashley Ann Keel to 18 months in prison and ordered her to make restitution of the $80,980 she stole when she was vault teller for a Hancock Bank branch in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Keel yesterday and also ordered drug […] [...]

Debt collector, law firm settles FTC charges

OXFORD — A debt buyer and debt collection law firm based in Mississippi have agreed to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges they misled consumers into paying unnecessary fees and falsely threatened them with lawsuits. The FTC said debt buyer Security Credit Services, LLC and Jacob Law Group, PLLC charged consumers nationwide […] [...]

Feds want nearly $1M in restitution from former attorney

ABERDEEN — The U.S. government is seeking $914,162 in restitution unpaid by a former Mississippi attorney convicted in a tax and mail fraud case in 2009. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports prosecutors filed a payment affidavit this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock has scheduled an April 2 […] [...]

OSHA finds 43 violations following fatality at poultry company

MOSELLE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Southern Hens Inc. with 43 safety and health violations following the death of a worker who slipped and fell into an unguarded screw conveyor while cleaning the conveyor at the company’s Moselle facility. OSHA initiated the inspection Sept. 9, 2012, in […] [...]

Pickering returns funds misused by supervisor to county

LEAKESVILLE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $70,280.72 to Greene County following an investigation into supervisors’ misuse of funds used as part of an illegal kickback scheme carried out through a contract for Katrina debris removal and legal expenses. These funds represent $64,030.72 in principal and $2,146.08 in interest and investigative costs. Pickering previously […] [...]

Legislator resigns, fined for steering contracts to family

BRANDON — A five-year Mississippi House member has resigned and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to resolve an ethics case the state brought against him over public contracts that went to his family’s printing company — a fraction of the amount he originally was ordered to pay. Republican Rep. Kevin McGee, 42, of Brandon, […] [...]

Capital City to pay fine to Labor Department for overtime violations

JACKSON — The Department of Labor has fined the city of Jackson $31,750 for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act uncovered during a recent federal probe. The Clarion-Ledger reports the department began investigating the city in late 2011 after some unidentified officers complained that their superiors were making them work overtime without proper pay. […] [...]

OSHA fines contractor $117K for alleged trenching violations

BATESVILLE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Brocato Construction Inc. of Batesville with two willful and one serious safety violation following an inspection of two trenches where workers were relocating gas and water lines along state Highway 305 in Olive Branch. OSHA reports it opened its inspection as […] [...]

MDEQ fines DuPont for broken pollution-control equipment

DELISLE — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has fined DuPont Co.’s DeLisle plant $117,000 after pollution control equipment broke down, allowing a smokestack to emit too much during a March 2011 test. DuPont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., makes titanium dioxide, a whitening agent used in paint, paper and plastics, at the Harrison County […] [...]

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