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Insurance workers indicted, accused of fraud costing $500K-plus

BRANDON — Fourteen people, including three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, have been indicted by a Rankin County grand jury on charges of insurance fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday. The investigation involved the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan. Blue Cross/Blue Shield administers those health plans for the state. An indictment alleges the ...

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Ex-circuit clerk re-indicted for embezzlement

BROOKHAVEN — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Terry Lynn Watkins has been re-indicted on 14 counts of embezzlement. In January, a judge dismissed an eight-count indictment. Pickering says the 57-year-old Watkins, of Brookhaven, was served with the indictment today. No court date has been set. The indictment alleges Watkins embezzled funds between May 2004 and April ...

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Ex-bookkeeper gets jail time for embezzlement

GULFPORT — A former bookkeeper will serve two years in prison for embezzling a little more than $135,000 from a Gulfport law firm. The Sun Herald reports that Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois gave Heather Denise Parker the maximum penalty of 10 years Monday and suspended eight, leaving two to serve. He also ordered restitution. Prosecutors say once Parker serves her ...

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Ex-county administrator receives demand

PANOLA COUNTY — State Auditor Stacy Pickering has issued a demand of $292,772 from a former Panola County administrator accused of scamming the state out of retirement and overtime benefits. Pickering accuses Michael David Chandler, who lives in Grenada, of falsifying records to receive overtime benefits for which he wasn’t eligible. Pickering says Chandler retired from his job as country ...

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Judge dismisses Watkins' embezzlement case

BROOKHAVEN — A judge has dismissed an indictment that accused Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Terry Lynn Watkins with eight counts of embezzlement. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports Circuit Judge William Coleman issued the ruling yesterday after defense attorneys argued the ambiguity of the charges, that prosecutors were picking and choosing charges from the indictment, and that the indictment did not ...

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Ex-university researcher pleads guilty to stealing

HANCOCK COUNTY — According to State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Stacie Stroud, former employee of Mississippi State University, has pled guilty to embezzling approximately $34,315 by using her state-issued procurement credit card for personal purchases. Stroud, 33, was an employee at MSU’s research facility located at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County from Sept. 2007–Feb. 2009. She was sentenced to ...

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Ex-Hancock Bank staffers doing time for stealing

OCEAN SPRINGS — Two former employees of Hancock Bank’s main branch in Ocean Springs are now in the minimum-security sections of prisons in Florida, each serving an 8 1/2 year sentence for their roles in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme. The Sun Herald reports Margaret Migues, former branch operations manager, is at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex about 50 miles northwest of ...

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Coast woman arrested again for embezzlement

OCEAN SPRINGS — A Mississippi woman recently accused of embezzling more than $48,500 from a Gulf coast casino is back behind bars, accused of embezzling money from a D’Iberville sporting goods store. The Sun Herald reports 24-year-old Lisa Nguyen of Ocean Springs had been out of jail on $25,000 bond since her arrest in August, when she was charged with ...

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Citizens celebrate as city leaders carted to jail

BELL, Calif. — The mayor, the ex-city manager and six current and former officials of Bell, Calif., were headed from jail to court today as residents of the modest, working-class suburb celebrated their arrest on charges of bilking taxpayers out of $5.5 million. As former City Manager Robert Rizzo, Mayor Oscar Hernandez and the others were rounded up during yesterday ...

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Ex-county worker pleads not guilty to stealing

JACKSON COUNTY — A former Jackson County employee has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling about $890,000 from the county between 2001 and 2009. Ginger Lynn Lashley entered the plea to an eight-count state indictment Friday. The Sun Herald reported that she was appointed a public defender and allowed to remain free on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Trial has ...

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