Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’

Ziegler’s sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will […] [...]

Coast cleanup nets 1,600 bags of trash — and a watermelon patch

GULF COAST — Nearly 2,000 volunteers combed the Coast’s beaches, marsh areas and barrier islands Oct. 18, picking up trash at 47 sites during the 26th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. Preliminary numbers show that during the three-hour cleanup, 1,616 people picked up 1,603 bags of trash, including 275 bags of recyclables along 100 miles in […] [...]

Department of Marine Resources’ boat capsizes; crew safe

GULF OF MEXICO — A vessel owned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has capsized in the Mississippi Sound. Two department employees yesterday were bringing oysters from Pascagoula to Biloxi on The Conservationist, a 65-foot-vessel, when it capsized three miles south of Graveline Bayou. Both employees were wearing life jackets and are safe. Jamie […] [...]

MDMR unveils weekends-only red snapper season

GULF OF MEXICO — The state of Mississippi has announced a weekends-only fall red snapper season. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller says in a news release that state waters will open to red snapper fishing every weekend in October and the first weekend in November. Season dates are Oct. 3-5, Oct. […] [...]

DMR chief: Agency should not have purchased residential property

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources should not have bought a residential lot in 2010 from the parents of a woman who was then a manager in the agency, says agency’s the current leader. DMR executive director Jamie Miller told The Sun Herald there are still questions about the propriety of the land […] [...]

Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, […] [...]

Scientists release thousands of red snapper on Ship Island reef

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 2,000 red snapper were recently released on an artificial reef south of Ship Island in order to produce more of this fish that is so popular along the Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab participated […] [...]

Former DMR manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

BILOXI — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. WLOX-TV reports District Attorney Joel Smith said Tina Shumate admitted to signing false documents related to DMR travel on two separate occasions and receiving money for repayment of expenses that were not actually incurred. Circuit Court Judge Roger T. […] [...]

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 sentenced to 18 months for fraud, conspiracy

HATTIESBURG — Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in defrauding the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the city of D’Iberville. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered Walker to pay $390,000 in restitution, the amount he admitted netting through the two schemes, and […] [...]

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