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Bank employee arrested for embezzlement; faces up to 10 years in prison

COLUMBUS — An Oktibbeha County bank employee has been arrested for embezzling from her employer, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Ashley Smith, 28, of Columbus, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by an Oktibbeha County grand jury on one count of embezzlement.  The indictment charges Smith with embezzling over $30,000 while working ...

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Seized counterfeit goods destroyed by AG's office

TUPELO — The attorney general’s office has destroyed $750,000 worth of counterfeit shirts, shoes, purses, CDs and DVDs at a recycling center in Tupelo. Attorney General Jim Hood says the items were seized at an Okolona thrift shop following a sting operation involving his office, Okolona police and Chickasaw County deputies. Willie McMillian and Sarah Hill McMillian each pleaded guilty ...

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Hood: State's new open-carry gun law should take effect as scheduled

JACKSON — People who want to block Mississippi’s open-carry gun law say the state Supreme Court shouldn’t kill their effort. However, Attorney General Jim Hood says the law should be allowed to take effect. He asked the Supreme Court yesterday to overturn an injunction issued Friday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd. The law clarifies that people in Mississippi ...

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Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the program himself, even if lawmakers ...

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Hood subpoenas Google's records over online drug sales

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he still considers Google’s responses to allegations that it’s not doing enough to prevent illegal online sales of drugs without prescriptions and says he’s sending out subpoenas for company documents to further his investigation. Hood urged fellow attorneys general from other states to do the same at a meeting in Boston yesterday, even ...

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State to get nearly $115K in settlement with Google

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $114,995 from Google Inc. as part of a settlement with the Internet giant over the collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information sent over wireless networks around the world. The state’s share of the payment was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Jim Hood. Hood says the settlement is the result of nearly two years ...

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Business owner accused of bogus tombstone transactions

NATCHEZ — A Natchez business owner has been arrested and charged with felony false pretense, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Dwight Gibson, 45, owner of Clear Creek Monuments in Natchez, was arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division and the Adam County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of felony false pretense. Gibson is accused of selling ...

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AG rules state must allow same-sex ceremony at museum

JACKSON — Faced with the threat of a federal lawsuit, Mississippi officials have relented on a ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies at a state-owned museum and are processing a permit for two women. The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson on July 12, threatening to sue if officials didn’t allow ...

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Attorney General warns of e-mail scam involving U.S. Postal Service

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians of a bogus email scam targeting postal customers. The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and falsely tell the receiver about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. Some mention unpaid delivery fees. The scam email encourages you to click on a link or open an attachment, but Postal ...

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Bill cutting Hood's authority headed to governor's desk

JACKSON — A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The Mississippi Senate voted 34-18 yesterday to pass House Bill 211, after the House voted 64-55 for final passage Tuesday. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Hood opposes the bill, saying it’s unconstitutional and ...

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