Posts Tagged ‘misappropriation’

Ex-Marine Resources chief of staff pleads guilty to misprision

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources employee has pleaded guilty to misprision, or helping conceal a felony. Joe Ziegler entered his plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Federal prosecutors said Ziegler admitted helping conceal a mail fraud scheme by former MDMR Executive Director Bill Walker to divert money intended for […] [...]

Walker, Janus get jail time for misusing funds at DMR

HATTIESBURG — The former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director yesterday was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined for helping steer $210,000 in federal money to buy out a waterfront lot owned by his son. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered 69-year-old Bill Walker to serve three years of […] [...]

Developer accused of misusing mall bond funds

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has found Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Yesterday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced in a news release that Watkins and his company have been order to pay restitution […] [...]

Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-Southaven mayor’s trial concludes; no ruling likely until 2014

SOUTHAVEN — Testimony concluded in a civil lawsuit against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but a ruling isn’t likely until next year. The 47-year-old Davis is being sued by Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering for allegedly misusing more than $170,000 in city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Davis has repaid $96,000 but still owes […] [...]

Ex-Southaven mayor’s trial to resume today

SOUTHAVEN — After a five-month recess, the civil trial of former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is set to resume in Hinds County Chancery Court in Jackson. The civil trial centers on Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering’s efforts to recover more than $70,000 the state alleges Davis still owes for questionable personal expenses including trips, shopping and […] [...]

DMR gets new executives as investigation continues

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has hired two new executives. Director Jamie Miller says in a news release today that 42-year-old Bill Feidt, of Pascagoula, will become chief financial officer, and 60-year-old Brig. Gen. Joe Spraggins, of Gulfport, will become chief operating officer. They start work Tuesday. Feidt has previously been director […] [...]

Ex-mayor’s embezzlement trial rescheduled again

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal Davis’ trial was scheduled for Aug. 19 but has been continued until Dec. 9. Davis, 47, was indicted by a DeSoto County grand […] [...]

DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614. Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell […] [...]

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