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Nurse charged in connection with cancer clinic fraud case

SUMMIT — A nurse has been charged with withholding information about a felony at a former south Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors accused of a multimillion-dollar fraud related to chemotherapy treatments. Brittany Davis Powell is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with misprision of a felony, or not reporting a crime. She was charged on Aug. 22 in a ...

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Man accused of trying to trade sports bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — Federal authorities in south Mississippi have charged a man with trying to trade a Gulfport bar for a large quantity of cocaine. Victor Darnell Williams was arrested Friday. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Monday for a preliminary hearing. The judge said there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury. He ...

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Ex-economic developer arrested, charged with stealing

WIGGINS — Authorities say the former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership has been arrested on an embezzlement charge. A news release from State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office says 50-year-old Jay Paul Gumm was arrested Friday. The news release says Gumm embezzled over $24,000 from the organization. The arrest was made by investigators from the auditor’s office ...

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County surveyor accused of doing unlicensed work, fraud

NEW AUGUSTA — The attorney general’s office says Billy Eugene Brewer, the surveyor in Greene County, has been charged with performing four surveys on properties in Perry County while being unlicensed and illegally using another surveyor’s name and license. Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that the 69-year-old Brewer was arrested at his home in Leakesville. Brewer ...

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Pair charged with operating bogus shipping company

BILOXI — Two people charged with running a fraudulent shipping company in south Mississippi are scheduled for arraignment next week in federal court. Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on fraud charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. The indictment doesn’t describe the relationship between the two. Court records didn’t list an attorney for ...

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Alderman arrested on federal bribery charges

CANTON — A Canton alderman is facing bribery charges. Louis Smith was arraigned in federal court in Jackson yesterday, entering a not guity plea, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Smith was arrested Wednesday. Unofficial results show the 56-year-old, three-term alderman lost his Democratic primary re-election bid Tuesday in Canton. He faces one felony count of bribery, which carries a maximum 10-year prison ...

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Dutschke charged with sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a case of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of James Everett Dutschke, then decided they had the wrong man. Federal authorities arrested Dutschke early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He was ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters described as troubled

CORINTH — The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the past several years describing the event ...

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Mississippian arrested in Turkey for collecting beach rocks

PURVIS — An American tourist who collected stones during a six-day beach holiday with his wife was briefly detained in Turkey and faces trial for attempting to smuggle historical artifacts. Jason Dement was taken into custody by security officials at Antalya airport, near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, on Sunday because two of the pieces inside a bag of stones appeared to ...

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Two-dozen former IRS workers charged with theft

SOUTHAVEN — Twenty-four current and former Internal Revenue Service employees have been charged with stealing government benefits, federal prosecutors said today. The IRS employees were indicted on charges that they illegally received more than $250,000 in benefits including unemployment insurance payments, food stamps, welfare, and housing vouchers, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said in a news release. Prosecutors say ...

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