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Lab owner sentenced to prison for falsifying wastewater figures

WATER VALLEY — An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing yesterday. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. She ...

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Woman follows husband's lead, pleads guilty to shipping scheme

BILOXI — A woman has pleaded guilty as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi. Jennifer Griswold waived indictment and pleaded guilty today to one count of withholding information on a crime, says her lawyer, Peter Barrett. Griswold had been charged with conspiracy, but agreed to plead guilty to the other charge. Dustin Lee Griswold ...

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Second person to plead guilty in shipping fraud case

JACKSON — Federal court records say a woman intends to plead guilty today as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi. Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on charges related to Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. The Griswolds are married. Dustin Griswold was charged with one count of conspiracy and 15 counts ...

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Lawyer gets jail time for real estate fraud scheme

RIDGELAND — A Ridgeland lawyer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraud. The July 2011 indictment says Michael Earwood and a partner formed Kinwood Capital Group LLC, a real estate business that operated from 1998 to 2006. Prosecutors say Earwood asked the partner for money to pay taxes on Kinwood’s property, but transferred the money to ...

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Judge reschedules sentencing in wastewater testing fraud case

WATER VALLEY — A federal judge has reset the sentencing date for an environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi who was convicted on federal charges of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. Tennie White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. She was convicted in May in U.S. District Court in Jackson on two counts of making false ...

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Guilty plea expected in shipping fraud case

BILOXI — A man intends to plead guilty Wednesday as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi, federal court records say. Married couple Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. U.S. District Judge Walter Gex III in Gulfport scheduled the plea hearing ...

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Former bank CEO gets six years-plus in prison

BUDE — A former bank executive has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for money laundering and bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced the sentence yesterday in a news release Authorities say 58-year-old Larry Barnette Hill of Meadville served as CEO of People’s Bank ...

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BP launches hotline to report fraudulent oil spill claims

GULF COAST — BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP’s argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement ...

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Metcalfe mayor pleads not guilty in teacher test-cheating scheme

METCALFE — A Mississippi mayor has pleaded not guilty to charges for his alleged role in a scheme run by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15-year period. Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes appeared yesterday in federal court in Memphis, Tenn. He remains free on his own recognizance. No trial date has been set. Holmes’ ...

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MDAC yanks license of landscaper guilty of home repair fraud

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce has revoked a Philadelphia resident’s landscaping license for home repair fraud. Tellas Moore, owner of Doby’s Enterprises, formerly known as Peoples Choice Landscape Services, pled guilty to one felony count of home repair fraud in 2011 for failing to complete landscaping and other home repair and improvement services despite having accepted ...

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