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Southern Pine EPA suspends e-payments due to phishing scams

TAYLORSVILLE — A rural electricity cooperative in Mississippi has stopped taking electronic checks because so many of its customers have been scammed by people or websites claiming to represent the utility. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Southern Pine Electric Power Association isn’t the only utility being impersonated by “phishing” scams. Attorney general’s spokeswoman Jan Schaefer says the state has received 1,000 ...

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Officials issue warning on phone scams involving utility bills

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s public utilities and the attorney general’s office are warning customers about phone scams that have been reported. Electric Power Associations of Mississippi says a caller in one of the scams asked the victim to provide personal bank account information and the bank routing number to pay off the victim’s electric bill. Atmos Energy says another scam ...

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Stanford faces sentencing for $7B-plus ponzi scheme

HOUSTON, Texas — If federal prosecutors have their way, former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford could receive a prison sentence that spans two centuries for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over two decades in one of the largest ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Calling Stanford a “ruthless predator” who stole from investors “simply to satisfy his ...

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Debit card scam widens; now includes three banks

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A debit card scam that began late last month has widened, according to Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Presley sent a release last week warning of a series of scam calls claiming to be BancorpSouth and Renasant Bank, asking customers to either validate or re-instate their debit cards. Yesterday, Presley announced the scam now also includes Community ...

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PSC, BancorpSouth, Renasant warn of debit card scam

TUPELO — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is warning Mississippi consumers of a weekend series of scam calls claiming to be BancorpSouth asking customers to either validate or re-instate their debit cards. Presley said his office contacted officials with BancorpSouth and verified that the calls were indeed a scam. Similar calls went out a few weeks ago referencing Renasant Bank ...

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Last defendant in insurance scheme gets 18 years in prison

BRANDON — The final defendant has been sentenced in a scheme that bilked the state out of more than $500,000 in a health care fraud scheme. Former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi employee Sonya Mitchell, 35, of Jackson was sentenced to 18 years in prison for her part in a scheme that led to the processing of claims for ...

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Embattled mayor surrenders to authorities, charged with passing school bus

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has surrendered to authorities after he was charged with passing a school bus in a private vehicle that displayed blue police-type lights. The Commercial Appeal reports the misdemeanor charge, stemming from an incident last week. The embattled mayor was already the target of state auditors and the FBI investigating possible misuse of city funds. ...

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Aldermen review thousands in charges to Davis' city credit card

SOUTHAVEN — A Southaven alderman says he and fellow aldermen spent nearly six hours in a closed-door session Tuesday reviewing thousands of dollars in charges to Mayor Greg Davis’ since-canceled city credit card. Alderman Ronnie Hale said the state auditor’s office, which has already ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 in personal charges, requested that the Board of Aldermen ...

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Jury clears way to go after Stanford's foreign bank accounts

HOUSTON, Texas — A Texas jury cleared the way yesterday for U.S. authorities to go after $330 million in stolen investor funds sitting in frozen foreign bank accounts controlled by convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford. The jury, which convicted the former tycoon on 13 of 14 fraud-related counts earlier this week, found there to be sufficient evidence that the ...

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After more than a decade, federal judge schedules Frankel trial

JACKSON — More than a decade after it was filed, a federal judge in Mississippi has set a tentative trial date in a lawsuit stemming from scams run by a notorious financier who looted $200 million from insurance companies and created a charity that claimed to have Vatican connections to further his scheme and cover his tracks. Former Mississippi Insurance ...

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