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Court hits David Watkins with $600,000 order over Retro Metro issues

  Jackson developer David Watkins must pay more than $600,000 in restitution and penalties for diverting money from a bond issue for converting the Metrocenter Mall’s former Belk’s store into City of Jackson office space. Chancery Judge Hollis McGehee ruled Thursday that Watkins had no authority to divert any of the $2.5 million in bond money intended for the Belk’s ...

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Watkins' defense says Hosemann's claims are 'absurd'

David Watkins, the president of Watkins Development, has responded to the finding of the Secretary of State Office’s hearing officer, attorney Robert Bailess of Vicksburg, and the affirmation of that finding by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Speaking through his spokesperson, lawyer Lance Stevens, the Watkins defense team states: “The finding of the hearing officer is a joke. He specifically ...

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Hosemann seeking penalties from developer for moving project funds

JACKSON — The secretary of state’s office is questioning whether Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is seeking administrative penalties plus restitution of $587,084. Watkins denied any wrongdoing during an administrative hearing that ended this week before ...

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