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BBB warns of scammers targeting Entergy customers

BRANDON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi is warning of a utility scam targeting Entergy customers in the state of Louisiana. John O’Hara, CEO of BBB in Mississippi, says these types of scams “are like the weather, they start out in one area and spread out.” These scams will also move from utility company to utility company throughout ...

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Telemarketer's appeal fails, will serve prison term

JACKSON — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of Timothy Allen for his role in a telemarketing scheme that prosecutors said targeted seniors. Allen was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in 2012. He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison with four years’ supervised release. He also was ordered to pay $204,915 in restitution. ...

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Judge rules ex-insurance agent's conviction, sentence will stand

ECRU — A federal judge has denied arguments from Ecru insurance agent Ken Nowlin that he was given faulty advice by his attorney in a government kickback case. Nowlin was seeking a new trial. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed Monday, denied Nowlin’s motion to have his sentence and conviction ...

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Grand jury indicts man accused of bilking investors

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal grand jury has indicted a Louisiana man on 18 counts of mail fraud for allegedly executing a $13-million investment fraud scheme. The Advocate reports U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. announced yesterday that 57-year-old James R. Holdman, of Baker, La., operated a hedge fund called Greenwing Capital Management, LLC, and solicited and received millions ...

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Appeals panel upholds mortgage fraud convictions

RIDGELAND — A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of three people in a Mississippi mortgage fraud scheme that involved more than $10 million in fraudulent loans. Former Ridgeland mortgage broker Mark Calhoun and father-and-son associates J. Larry Kennedy and Keith Kennedy, who operated a mortgage loan closing business, had appealed their 2010 convictions. Calhoun was sentenced to more ...

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Ex-mayor convicted of murder conspiracy released from prison

BILOXI — Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat was released from prison yesterday after serving 15 years in a conspiracy that led to the 1987 slayings of a Mississippi judge and the judge’s wife, also a Biloxi City Council member. The Sun Herald reports Halat, 70, was released from federal prison in Oakdale, La., and moved to a halfway house Family ...

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Teacher to answer charges of cheating on certification test

COLUMBUS — A Columbus teacher is scheduled to be in federal court in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 3 to answer charges she participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. WCBI-TV reports 34-yeard-old Darcel Gardner, a special education teacher at Columbus High School, was placed on administrative leave yesterday by the school board. ...

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Tacker asks judge to vacate sentence for biofuels scheme

NETTLETON — A Mississippi businessman has asked a federal judge to vacate his five-year prison sentence on a conviction of defrauding a biofuels subsidy program. William T. “Tommy” Tacker II was convicted in 2010 on 10 counts that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million for his company, Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc. of Nettleton. ...

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More charged in multi-state teacher exam cheating scheme

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal prosecutors in Memphis have announced that 10 more people have been indicted in a scheme to hire others to take teacher certification tests in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. The additional defendants stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis with fraud and identity theft. He ...

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Mayor Davis: State auditor 'persecuting' him

SOUTHAVEN — A north Mississippi mayor under scrutiny for alleged questionable spending of city money says he’s being persecuted. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis testified yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, trying to convince a judge to block Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from garnishing his paycheck. Judge Dewayne Thomas issued a temporary restraining order last week that prevents the auditor’s office ...

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