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Mississippi gave $2M in welfare money to wrestler’s group

The state of Mississippi gave more than $2.1 million in federal welfare money to a ministry run by former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., who was known in the ring as “The Million Dollar Man.” DiBiase is the father of a man recently indicted on charges of embezzling federal welfare money from the state. Ted DiBiase Sr. himself hasn’t been ...

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Trio accused of fake check scheme involving homeless people

A group of men are facing federal charges involving counterfeit checks after police say they were found with a typewriter, an embossing machine, and checks totaling $127,000. One of the men told authorities that the scheme involved recruiting homeless people to walk inside banks and cash the fake checks. An Origin Bank employee in Flowood called police on Jan. 3 ...

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Ebbers granted early release from prison

A federal judge has authorized the release of former WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernie Ebbers from prison after more than 13 years because of his deteriorating health, according to The Wall Street Journal. Judge Valerie Caproni on Wednesday granted one of his daughter’s request for a compassionate release from a federal prison medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Court papers ...

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2 doctors plead guilty in health care fraud case

Two doctors have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, in a news release, said 37-year-old Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, of Madison, Mississippi, and 56-year-old Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant, of Kingsport, Tennessee, entered their pleas Thursday before Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of Hattiesburg. Hurst says Sultan contracted with a pharmacy in Jackson County ...

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7 people sentenced for online fraud scam

A 70-year-old Mississippi woman is among seven people sentenced for their roles in an online fraud scheme involving counterfeit checks, mystery shopper websites and work-from-home scams. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that Ann Louise Franzen, of Kiln, and four others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola ...

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Workers admit roles in fraudulent invoices on vessels

GULFPORT — Two former supervisors at Ingalls Shipbuilding pleaded guilty to charges of failing to report the fraudulent charging of time and labor for work on U.S. Coast Guard and Navy vessels at the Pascagoula shipyard. The Sun Herald reports 52-year-old Neil Holden and 41-year-old Robert Gardner Jr. waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information charging them ...

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Coast man accused of workers' compensation fraud

GULFPORT — A Harrison County man has been indicted on three counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says in news release that 53-year-old Richard Barry McDaniel of Gulfport turned himself in yesterday after being indicted by a local grand jury. McDaniel is free on a $5,000 bond. Hood says the indictment alleges that McDaniel did made false ...

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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, giving as a reason that ...

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