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Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty in August. They ...

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Man bargaining with prosecutors in Rose Cochran photo case

CANTON — Prosecutors say they are in plea bargain talks with a man allegedly involved in plotting to take unauthorized photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife during the Republican primary campaign. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells the Madison County Journal the talks could result in Richard Sager, a teacher from Laurel, testifying against the only man indicted ...

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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, giving as a reason that ...

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Tobacco company to pay $750K for contraband trafficking

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky-based tobacco company that makes Golden Harvest, Millennium and Red Buck cigars will pay $750,000 in restitution and forfeitures after pleading guilty to conspiracy to engage in contraband cigarette trafficking. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sentenced Tantus Tobacco of Russell Springs, Kentucky, on Monday. The company will pay $200,000 to the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet in lost ...

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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 the state of Mississippi into ...

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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 from the Mississippi Gulf Coast ...

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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 serve three years of supervised ...

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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 sentencing had been scheduled for ...

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Two arrested for platinum theft from DuPont's Delisle Plant

GULFPORT — A Gulfport man and his estranged wife have been arrested in the theft of six pounds of platinum from the DuPont Corporation’s Delisle Plant. Willard Kevin Gallagher, 54, is charged with grand larceny. Angela Marie Simmons, 48, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime. Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said ...

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New judge appointed to hear ex-DMR director's criminal trial

GULFPORT — Criminal cases against Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son, Scott Walker, and three others have been reassigned to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett. Starrett usually hears cases in Hattiesburg. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., the chief judge for Mississippi’s Southern District, was originally assigned to the cases. Guirola ...

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