Posts Tagged ‘Scott Walker’

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, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-DMR director wants more time before sentencing for corruption

BILOXI — The former head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources has joined his son and another defendant in asking a federal judge to hold off sentencing him on corruption charges. Bill Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 5 but wants a six-week delay. The motion indicates federal prosecutors don’t oppose the postponement to resolve […] [...]

Ex-city manager to be sentenced next month for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus will be sentenced on June 24 in Hattiesburg before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. The government did not object to Janus’ request for a 30-day continuance for the sentencing. On Friday Janus’ attorneys asked that the sentencing be delayed to provide time to resolve sentencing issues. His […] [...]

Ex-city manager asks for delay in sentencing for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has asked to have his sentencing on federal corruption charges put off for 30 days. Janus’ lawyer, Cliff Johnson, filed a motion for the delay Friday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors don’t oppose the delay in sentencing, which had been set for tomorrow. Johnson wrote that Janus […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing […] [...]

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