Posts Tagged ‘scam’

Telemarketer’s appeal fails, will serve prison term

JACKSON — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of Timothy Allen for his role in a telemarketing scheme that prosecutors said targeted seniors. Allen was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2012. He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison with four years’ supervised release. He also was ordered […] [...]

Judge rules ex-insurance agent’s conviction, sentence will stand

ECRU — A federal judge has denied arguments from Ecru insurance agent Ken Nowlin that he was given faulty advice by his attorney in a government kickback case. Nowlin was seeking a new trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed Monday, denied Nowlin’s motion to […] [...]

Grand jury indicts man accused of bilking investors

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana man on 18 counts of mail fraud for allegedly executing a $13-million investment fraud scheme. The Advocate reports U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. announced yesterday that 57-year-old James R. Holdman, of Baker, La., operated a hedge fund called Greenwing Capital Management, LLC, […] [...]

Appeals panel upholds mortgage fraud convictions

RIDGELAND — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of three people in a Mississippi mortgage fraud scheme that involved more than $10 million in fraudulent loans. Former Ridgeland mortgage broker Mark Calhoun and father-and-son associates J. Larry Kennedy and Keith Kennedy, who operated a mortgage loan closing business, had appealed their 2010 convictions. […] [...]

BBB issues national warning concerning local parts dealer

MERIDIAN — The Better Business Bureau has given a Meridian online auto parts dealer an “F” rating and warned consumers nationwide about the business. The BBB says in a news release that it has received 15 complaints in the past three months from consumers about CorvetteSouth. The company sells corvette parts and accessories online. The […] [...]

Ex-mayor convicted of murder conspiracy released from prison

BILOXI — Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat was released from prison yesterday after serving 15 years in a conspiracy that led to the 1987 slayings of a Mississippi judge and the judge’s wife, also a Biloxi City Council member. The Sun Herald reports Halat, 70, was released from federal prison in Oakdale, La., and moved […] [...]

Teacher to answer charges of cheating on certification test

COLUMBUS — A Columbus teacher is scheduled to be in federal court in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 3 to answer charges she participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. WCBI-TV reports 34-yeard-old Darcel Gardner, a special education teacher at Columbus High School, was placed on administrative leave […] [...]

Tacker asks judge to vacate sentence for biofuels scheme

NETTLETON — A Mississippi businessman has asked a federal judge to vacate his five-year prison sentence on a conviction of defrauding a biofuels subsidy program. William T. “Tommy” Tacker II was convicted in 2010 on 10 counts that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million for his company, Biodiesel […] [...]

Lawmakers urging SEC to appeal decision over Stanford victims’ compensation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting a legal appeal to try to overturn a federal court ruling that would deny compensation to victims of the multi-billion fraud perpetrated by the Stanford Financial Group. Cochran is one of 14 senators who have signed a letter encouraging Mary Schapiro, chairwoman of the Securities and […] [...]

Farm Bureau warns of scam; reports activity to AG

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation reports it has been made aware of emails circulating stating the recipient has been awarded a “$1,000 Visa Gift Card free of charge” from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. This is not a legitimate communication from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and there is no such award program in place […] [...]

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