Posts Tagged ‘guilty’

Halliburton to plead guilty to obstruction in oil spill investigation

NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana. […] [...]

Former missing woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — A 65-year-old Copiah County woman charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty. The Clarion-Ledger reports Linda Reed will remain in jail pending her sentencing hearing in Copiah County Circuit Court next month. Reed entered her plea yesterday. She disappeared April 30, 2012, sparking a regional search after her […] [...]

Store owners face sentencing for selling counterfeit clothing

HOUSTON — A Chickasaw County couple pleaded guilty this week to selling counterfeit goods. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 46-year-old Willie McMillian and his wife, 47-year-old Sophia Hill McMillian, pleaded guilty to sale and possession with intent to sell goods bearing counterfeit labels or trade-marks. McMillian owned and operated Urban Wear with Hill, where […] [...]

Arlington owner makes surprise court appearance; pleads guilty

NATCHEZ — Historic Arlington owner Dr. Tom Vaughan of Jackson made a surprise appearance in Natchez Municipal Court and pleaded guilty to failure to maintain property. Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem Tony Heidelberg tells The Natchez Democrat Vaughan did not show up for his actual court date on July 1. Heidelberg said Vaughan told him […] [...]

Concrete testing company to plead guilty to defrauding NASA, Corps

DIAMONDHEAD — A company hired to perform concrete-strength tests at Stennis Space Center in 2011 is scheduled to accept a plea agreement to making false statements on jobs performed for NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Sun Herald reports court records show Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories, LLC, once based in Diamondhead, has […] [...]

Plea saves Ky. man from charges for contraband tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Florida tobacco distributor long watched by federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme to avoid paying taxes owed on online cigarette sales in Kentucky. Pedro “Peter” Bello became the second person to admit to plotting to use phony invoices to avoid paying taxes on millions […] [...]

Man gets seven years in prison for teacher-cheating scheme

MEMPHIS — A federal judge in Memphis has sentenced a longtime Memphis educator to seven years in prison in a test-taking fraud scheme. Clarence Mumford Sr. pleaded guilty in February to leading a 15-year scheme that helped teachers cheat on qualification exams. The passing scores were then used to help people get jobs in public […] [...]

Company pleads guilty to charges from paper mill spill

PEARL RIVER — A company that owned a Bogalusa paper mill has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an August 2011 spill of pulp byproducts into the Pearl River that killed more than 500,000 fish. Austin, Texas-based Temple Inland faces a maximum fine of $200,000 for its guilty plea to violating the Clean Water Act. […] [...]

Real estate developer pleads guilty to bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud charges. The Commercial Appeal reports Roberts entered his plea at a hearing in Oxford yesterday. He pleaded guilty to one count charging him with submitting fake documents and making false statements to an area bank to get money from […] [...]

Woman pleads guilty to impersonating OSHA official

WIGGINS — A 46-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges that accuse her of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Connie M. Knight was living in Belle Chasse, La., when […] [...]

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