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Ex-senator sentenced for embezzling from construction loan

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Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling over $379,000 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union. Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him $1,000 and ordered him ...

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Hinds County DA charged with helping accused criminals

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The district attorney in Mississippi’s largest county was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegally advising people accused of crimes. He would be removed from office if convicted. A six-count criminal charge was filed Wednesday against third-term Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, 45, after an investigation by the FBI and the Mississippi attorney general’s office. The document, filed by ...

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Houston woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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A 42-year-old Chickasaw County nurse is headed to prison for one year after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Tuesday Cheryl Renee Hamblet, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Loper Jr. on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining ...

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2 arrested after counterfeit money tracked back to printer

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Sheriff’s deputies say two Jackson County men have been arrested on counterfeiting charges. In a news release, Sheriff Mike Ezell said deputies pulled over a car Sunday in which 27-year-old Nathan Bang, of Vancleave, was a passenger. Ezell says deputies found $400 in a clear, plastic bag inside Bang’s backpack, along with parchment paper in its original container. Ezell says ...

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Accused in 2015 Mississippi courthouse shooting found guilty

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CANTON — A former firefighter accused of fatally shooting a defendant outside a Canton, Mississippi, courthouse was found guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday. William Wells, 24, will serve life in prison for the Aug. 3, 2015 shooting of Kendrick Brown, 37. That morning Wells drove his truck to the Madison County Courthouse parking lot where Brown stood outside awaiting trial ...

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Gautier man admits stealing business databases

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GULFPORT — A 28-yearold Gautier man has admitted he stole the computer databases of two companies after he was fired from a credit-card processing job. The Sun Herald reports Thomas Anthony Wotring pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent activities with computers. He remains free on bond. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker will sentence Wotring on Jan. ...

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Court delays Saltillo bank robbery trial

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ABERDEEN — A 57-year-old Saltillo man will have a couple of more months to prepare for his federal bank robbery trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chris Cosner was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen for the robbery of First American Bank in Saltillo. This week, the court granted a continuance, delaying ...

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Mississippi woman indicted on 19 counts in Ponzi scheme

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JACKSON — Six families gave a woman over $1 million in a Ponzi scheme based in Mississippi and California, according to federal indictments returned in Jackson, Mississippi. Gina Palasini, already serving a 10-year prison sentence on related state charges, has been indicted on 19 federal counts of fraud and money laundering. The indictments allege Palasini used victims’ life savings to ...

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Jury finds man guilty in death of Mississippi business man

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BAY ST. LOUIS — A Hancock County jury has convicted a man of murder in the 2012 death of a Bay St. Louis businessman. The jury returned a unanimous verdict Tuesday after deliberating for about two hours. The Sun Herald reports Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Glen Davis, a habitual offender, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

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CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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