Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Attorney’s Office’

Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. […] [...]

Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

Indictments filed for alleged National Guard recruiting scandal

HATTIESBURG — Twelve current or former Mississippi Army National Guard members have been indicted in cases alleging they swindled money through a program that offers incentives for recruiting new soldiers. Three separate indictments were filed Tuesday in federal court in Hattiesburg alleging soldiers improperly collected a total of $22,500 and that the illegal acts took […] [...]

Three indicted, alleged to have embezzled from agency

JACKSON — The ex-director of an agency that receives federal money annually and two contractors have been indicted for conspiring to embezzle money from the agency, authorities said yesterday. A federal grand jury indicted Linda Harvey-Irvin, 62, of Jackson; Donald Walton, 51, of Vicksburg; and Markuntala Croom, 45, of Columbia, for conspiring to embezzle money […] [...]

Members of Nigerian ‘Yahoo Boys’ arrested for identity theft

GULFPORT — Sixteen people from several states and other countries have been arrested on charges that they took part in a fraud that used stolen information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria, according to documents unsealed in federal court yesterday. The charges by the U.S. Attorney’s office […] [...]

Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

Federal prosecutor’s memoir highlights his law and order career

Retired federal prosecutor John Hailman’s book “From Midnight to Guntown” is a page-turning, tell-all of some of the U.S. Attorney Office’s best-known as well as obscure cases in North Mississippi from bank robbers to corrupt supervisors. With twisty plots and colorful characters reminiscent of a John Grisham thriller, Hailman offers a candid and captivating perspective […] [...]

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