Posts Tagged ‘investigation’

Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent […] [...]

Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery […] [...]

Alcorn’s finances being investigated; CFO resigns

LORMAN — Alcorn State University’s chief financial officer has resigned amid an investigation of alleged financial problems at the school. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Natchez Democrat that Betty Roberts resigned yesterday. Bounds says in a statement that his office has received reports of financial discrepancies and the College Boards staff is […] [...]

Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing […] [...]

Anti-fraud group names Rose Cancer Center investigation year’s best

SUMMIT — The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) has presented its Investigation of the Year Award to a team of federal and state agencies and a Medicare Part C health plan that together helped uncover a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme committed by now-convicted Mississippi physician Meera Sachdeva. The joint investigation into the treatment […] [...]

Refinery explosion claims a life; investigation underway

PASCAGOULA — Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a southern Mississippi refinery Friday that killed one worker. An operator at the Cracking II Processing Unit died after something detonated inside a furnace and sparked a fire, Chevron Mississippi general manager Tom Kovar said. The operators were outside the furnace at […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

Coast newspaper wins in bid to get information from MDMR, Pickering

BILOXI — A Harrison County judge has ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to turn over records to a Gulf Coast newspaper. The Sun Herald reports that Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel issued the ruling Thursday. The Sun Herald, the MDMR and State Auditor Stacey Pickering have fought since January over […] [...]

Contact lens investigation leads to multiple arrests

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An undercover operation has resulted in several arrests and numerous businesses facing allegations of unauthorized dispensing of contact lenses, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Public Integrity Divisions, working with the Mississippi Optometry Board, conducted a two-month undercover investigation, which resulted in seven arrests […] [...]

Investigators continue to probe debris found in bay

BILOXI — The state Department of Marine Resources plans to further investigate the debris field just north of the Biloxi Bay Bridge on the Biloxi side of the bay that is a threat to boaters. They investigated last week and found large pieces of concrete with rebar embedded in it. But workers were unable to […] [...]

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