Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’

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 […] [...]

Seafood dealer/processor guilty of illegal handling of oysters

PASS CHRISTIAN — A seafood dealer and processor has been found guilty of possessing unrefrigerated oysters and possession of illegal oysters. Quy Huu Nguyen of Pass Christian was found guilty of the two charges by Judge Brandon Ladner in Harrison County Justice Court. He was fined $858 and has 30 days to pay. Marine Patrol […] [...]

Shrimpers enjoyed great harvest through week one of season

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi shrimpers had an excellent opening day, a fact that had them pleasantly surprised. Based on reports from just two of Biloxi’s three shrimp dealers as of July 1, fishermen landed 790,000 pounds of shrimp in the first week. Last year, all three Biloxi shrimp dealers reported total first-week landings of […] [...]

DMR sets red snapper season; Miller says ‘right for Mississippi anglers’

BILOXI — Mississippi anglers will be allowed to harvest red snapper in state waters every weekend in July. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources executive director Jamie Miller announced his decision yesterday afternoon after the Commission on Marine Resources voted 3-0 to give him the authority to open a season in state waters. “I value the […] [...]

Shrimpers reporting great catches after first day of harvest season

GULF OF MEXICO — Nearly 370 boats filled the Mississippi Sound just before daybreak yesterday for the start of this year’s shrimp season. Many boats could be seen from the beach Tuesday evening, iced down and fueled up in anticipation of the season opening. Shrimpers showed off their catch early yesterday, and they said the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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