Posts Tagged ‘sentence’

Woman sentenced for bilking investors for bogus businesses

FAYETTE — A Natchez woman will spend 10 years behind bars for her part in a business scheme that reportedly bilked an investor by never opening the business into which the victim poured their money. The Natchez Democrat reports Emily Sanders was sentenced in Jefferson County Circuit Court to probation for her October conviction on […] [...]

Man gets 12 years in prison for Katrina-related construction fraud

WIGGINS — A former Wiggins businessman has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding south Mississippi homeowners who had hired him to fix their properties after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Harrison County Circuit Judge John Gargiulo sentenced 53-year-old Charles Lynn Reeder earlier this week to a total of 15 years in […] [...]

U.S. Supreme Court weighing appeal of Scruggs, Minor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The conference will also make a decision in the case of […] [...]

Restaurant owners, employee sentenced for hiring illegal workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Three business associates of Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County have received probation on guilty pleas to a misdemeanor charge of hiring illegal immigrants. The three and an employee had been indicted on felonies in federal court after raids shut down their restaurants in Picayune and Poplarville on Feb. 23. The […] [...]

Cemetery owner gets four years for mishandling trusts

BOONEVILLE — Cemetery owner Wayne Hight of Booneville has been sentenced to serve four years in prison for failing to properly fund pre-need burial trusts. Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen tells The Daily Corinthian reports Hight also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $500,000. Bowen said Hight, 74, pleaded guilty Friday in Alcorn […] [...]

Minor wants judicial bribery sentence tossed

JACKSON — Imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his sentence in a Mississippi judicial corruption case. Minor is appealing a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last August that upheld sentences of Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield. Prosecutors say Minor backed […] [...]

Woman sentenced to prison; paying $188K for bank fraud

JACKSON — A federal judge has sentenced a woman to one year in prison on a bank fraud charge. Court records say Nicole Whitten was a financial services representative for Trustmark National Bank in Jackson. She was charged in June with using a customer’s information to take out a loan in his name and had […] [...]

Ladners sentenced for Katrina-related kickback scheme

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager and his wife and brothers have been sentenced to prison in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. The Sea Coast Echo reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport sentenced Roger Ladner, the former road manager, to five years during a hearing yesterday. Ladner also […] [...]

Real estate investors plead guilty to bid rigging

LAUREL — Two real estate investors have pleaded guilty to bid rigging and mail fraud in a scheme to artificially lower prices of auctioned homes in Alabama. U.S. Department of Justice officials say Robert M. Brannon, of Laurel, and his son Jason Brannon, of Mobile, Ala., conspired with others to avoid bidding against each other […] [...]

Ex-cancer doctor gets 20 years for chemotherapy fraud

SUMMIT — A federal judge has sentenced a doctor to 20 years in prison and ordered her to repay nearly $8.2 million for fraud at a former Mississippi cancer center she ran. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III said he was “appalled” at how Dr. Meera Sachdeva treated patients at a vulnerable time of […] [...]

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