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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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Prosecutors say medical kickback charges shouldn't be dismissed

OXFORD — Federal prosecutors say the owner of a nursing services company acknowledged paying a hospital executive for “procuring business” and a judge should not dismiss the corruption charges against him. Earnest Levi Garner Jr. of Batesville was convicted in March on charges including conspiracy and embezzlement related to work at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of ...

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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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Ex-hospital executive asks for acquittal or new trial

BATESVILLE — A former Mississippi hospital executive wants a federal judge to acquit him or grant a new trial in an alleged medical kickback and bribery scheme. Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of Tupelo was charged last year with receiving kickbacks for nursing services, conspiracy, embezzlement and other charges last year at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Shoemaker was convicted March 2 ...

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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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Judge postpones ex-NFL player's sentencing for fraud

MADISON — A federal judge has put off a former NFL player’s sentencing to give prosecutors time to notify possible fraud victims in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Arizona. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the amount of Jeffrey Walker’s restitution payment will depend on the number of victims. Sentencing had been scheduled for last Friday. Federal assistant public defender George Lucas opposed ...

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FBI issues alert on federal grant scam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The FBI has warned Mississippi residents of a telephone scam that claims the person is eligible for a $5,000 to $10,000 grant from the Grants Department of the federal government. It supposedly can be used for home or residential purposes. The FBI says in a statement that a claim code containing two letters and three numbers is ...

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Stanford's Ponzi scheme trial to begin today in Texas

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas financier R. Allen Stanford built a vast fortune through his network of banks and other businesses in the U.S., Latin America the Caribbean, and led a lifestyle befitting a billionaire business magnate. Once considered one of the U.S.’s wealthiest people, with an estimated net worth of more than $2 billion, Stanford snatched up luxury homes and ...

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Texans face prison for Ponzi scheme involving ex-NFL player

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two people in South Texas face up to 18 years in prison over a Ponzi scheme involving ex-NFL player T.J. Slaughter and other investors. Alan Keith Nelsen and Mary Alice Monteza pleaded no contest in San Antonio to setting up a fake international investing firm. Slaughter in 2009 filed a complaint about losing $150,000 to Castro ...

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