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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed Sturdivant’s challenges to the evidence in the case.

Prosecutors say Sturdivant had a contract for debris removal in Wayne County that paid him specified amounts based on the diameter of that tree or limb brought in.

Prosecutors say a county inspector would prepare a debris-removal ticket that tallied the work.

Prosecutors say Sturdivant submitted inflated debris removal tickets resulting in increased compensation under the contract.



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