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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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Man gets time for role in stolen equipment ring

NATCHEZ — Federal court records say Michael Fralick has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a scheme to purchase trucks, tractors and other equipment stolen from dealers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Fralick was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He and Jory Sam Tantillo were indicted in February 2012 by a federal grand jury ...

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Justices skeptical of pre-clearance provision in Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices voiced deep skepticism yesterday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure’s vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested ...

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Former investors sue over fraudulent biodiesel company

PONTOTOC — Two former investors in a biodiesel operation in north Mississippi have sued a Tennessee partner alleging they were duped into getting involved in a scam that defrauded a federal subsidy program. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports W. Tommy Tacker II and Janey Tyner, both of Martin, Tenn., are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed ...

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First BP executive testifying at oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — The first BP executive to testify at a federal trial over the nation’s worst oil spill was to take the stand for a second day today before a judge tasked with deciding whether the London-based oil giant and other companies acted with gross negligence for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP executive Lamar McKay ...

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Expert: BP's cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program on the rig that exploded ...

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