Posts Tagged ‘guilty’

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 […] [...]

Cattleman to change plea to guilty in loan fraud case

ABERDEEN — Court records say a man will plead guilty to hiding the sales of cattle and using fake invoices to avoid paying back a federal loan. A filing in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen says Clint Mann intends to change his plea. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 19. Court records say Mann obtained a […] [...]

Ex-bank teller guilty of stealing $117K from vault

PICAYUNE — A former teller at a Picayune bank pleaded guilty to bank fraud for her role in the theft of $117,000 from a bank vault at Union Planters Bank. The Sun Herald reports 43-year-old Debra Mitchell was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond pending sentencing on March 18. Mitchell, of Carriere, was charged with […] [...]

Real estate investors plead guilty to bid rigging

LAUREL — Two real estate investors have pleaded guilty to bid rigging and mail fraud in a scheme to artificially lower prices of auctioned homes in Alabama. U.S. Department of Justice officials say Robert M. Brannon, of Laurel, and his son Jason Brannon, of Mobile, Ala., conspired with others to avoid bidding against each other […] [...]

Man guilty of unauthorized futures trading; faces $1M fine

OLIVE BRANCH — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to making unauthorized wheat futures trades through the Chicago Board of Trade causing MF Global Inc. to lose $141 million. Federal officials in Chicago said 44-year-old Evan Brent Dooley of Olive Branch entered the plea to commodities trading violations. Authorities say he made large, unauthorized overnight […] [...]

Court upholds conviction of ex-mortgage broker Persac

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former mortgage broker Michael Persac Persac and former broker Jason Ellis were convicted in 2011. They were both ordered to prison and were ordered to forfeit more than $3 million and pay more than $781,000 in restitution. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. […] [...]

Men convicted of marijuana charges related to car lot raid

JACKSON — Two men convicted of marijuana charges related to a raid on a Jackson car lot have been sentenced to more than five years each. Johnny Earl Course and David E. Jones were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jackson related to a raid on Paradise Auto Sales in south Jackson. Jones was sentenced […] [...]

Ex-Coast mayor wants judge to toss Katrina fraud plea

GULFPORT — A former Gulfport mayor is asking a federal judge to throw out his guilty plea almost three years ago to a felony charge of stealing FEMA funds. The plea deal Brent Warr entered into with the government allowed him and his wife to walk out of court with no prison time. The Sun […] [...]

Southaven mayor found guilty of passing school bus

SOUTHAVEN — A judge has found Southaven Mayor Greg Davis guilty of passing a school bus in his private vehicle that displayed police-type lights. The Commercial Appeals reports Judge Steve Ross fined Davis $750, plus court costs, on the misdemeanor charges during a hearing yesterday in DeSoto County Justice Court in Southaven. The case is […] [...]

Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald […] [...]

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