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Mississippi developer could avoid criminal prosecution

Fraud and embezzlement charges could be dropped against a Mississippi developer if he completes a pretrial diversion program. David Watkins was indicted in November for allegedly taking more than $587,000 that was loaned to him to redevelop Metrocenter Mall in Jackson, instead using it for other purposes. The Clarion Ledger reports that paperwork was filed Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court to ...

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Former Jackson developer arrested for embezzlement

Former developer David Watkins, 68, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday night after being indicted on two counts ofembezzling bond money intended for a development project he managed, Attorney General Jim Hood said. Watkins turned himself in to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on one count of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement, Hood said. The indictment, which was ...

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Appeals court rules developer must repay money he diverted

Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says Jackson developer David Watkins must repay $587,000 in bond money he misused, as well as $75,000 in fines. The court ruled 5-3 Tuesday for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann in the case. Watkins diverted money that investors loaned to renovate part of Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall for Jackson city offices, buying a Meridian building that Watkins ...

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JRA expected to hear Denver developer’s Farish St. proposal at special meeting

By  TED CARTER The Jackson Development Authority has put the dormant Farish Street redevelopment on the agenda of a special meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The action follows a Hinds Chancery judge’s order for Development Authority lawyers not to impede consideration of a possible deal on redeveloping the two block portion of Farish Street. The trial lawyer for the JRA ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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Developer accused of misusing mall bond funds

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has found Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Yesterday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced in a news release that Watkins and his company have been order to pay restitution of $587,084, plus legal interest ...

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