Posts Tagged ‘plea’

Ex-missing woman pleads not guilty to embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — Linda Gale Reed has pleaded not guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Reed entered the plea Friday in Copiah County Circuit Court in Hazlehurst. Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard denied bail for Reed and set her trial for July 23. The 65-year-old Reed was first reported missing in April 2012 by her daughter after […] [...]

Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday […] [...]

Plea saves Ky. man from charges for contraband tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Florida tobacco distributor long watched by federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme to avoid paying taxes owed on online cigarette sales in Kentucky. Pedro “Peter” Bello became the second person to admit to plotting to use phony invoices to avoid paying taxes on millions […] [...]

Former bank CEO pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering

BUDE — A former bank executive has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Larry Barnette Hill, 58, of Meadville, entered the plea in federal court in Jackson. Hill served as CEO of People’s Bank of the South in Bude. […] [...]

Guilty plea expected in trial over exported Russian chicken

PASCAGOULA — Court records say a man is expected to plead guilty in an alleged conspiracy to falsify the temperatures of chicken exported from Mississippi to Russia. The April 2012 indictment says Gerald Miller, Patrick McLain and Terry White arranged the export of chicken that did not meet temperature requirements under a trade agreement with […] [...]

Mayor enters plea in federal bribery case

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield pleaded not guilty yesterday to a federal bribery charge that accuses him of seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, wearing a dark suit and red tie, said little during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Jackson other than to give short answers to the […] [...]

Ex-teller pleads guilty to taking $117K from bank vault

PICAYUNE — The former head teller of a Picayune bank has pleaded guilty to participating in the theft of $117,000 from a vault. Vonetta Jordan, of Poplarville, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on May 23 and faces up to […] [...]

Change of plea hearing set for ex-teller accused of theft

PICAYUNE — A change of plea hearing is scheduled tomorrow for the former head teller of a Picayune bank accused of participating in the theft of $117,000 from a bank vault at Union Planters Bank. Vonetta Jordan, of Poplarville, is charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 12 counts of making false […] [...]

Company pleads guilty to charges from paper mill spill

PEARL RIVER — A company that owned a Bogalusa paper mill has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an August 2011 spill of pulp byproducts into the Pearl River that killed more than 500,000 fish. Austin, Texas-based Temple Inland faces a maximum fine of $200,000 for its guilty plea to violating the Clean Water Act. […] [...]

Real estate developer pleads guilty to bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud charges. The Commercial Appeal reports Roberts entered his plea at a hearing in Oxford yesterday. He pleaded guilty to one count charging him with submitting fake documents and making false statements to an area bank to get money from […] [...]

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