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Ex-employee pleads not guilty to stealing $200K+

ABBEVILLE — An Abbeville woman has been indicted on embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing more than $200,000. The Oxford Eagle reports that the indictment alleges Valerie Harmon took $20,267 between March-November 2011 while she was an employee for Action Collections, which was owned by the law firm where she worked as a notary. A second count on the indictment alleges ...

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Court upholds conviction of ex-mortgage broker Persac

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former mortgage broker Michael Persac Persac and former broker Jason Ellis were convicted in 2011. They were both ordered to prison and were ordered to forfeit more than $3 million and pay more than $781,000 in restitution. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ...

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Hosemann to Justice: People have spoken on voter ID

JACKSON — In response to the Department of Justice’s request for more information about the new state voter identification law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the people of Mississippi have already spoken to whether the law is discriminatory or not. In a statement, Hosemann said: “The Department of Justice has requested information from the Attorney General as to whether ...

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Delta doctor, two others indicted in murder-for-hire plot

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood oncologist and two other men have been indicted in a murder-for-hire plot that prosecutors say unsuccessfully targeted a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Dr. Arnold Smith, Derrick Lacy and Cordarious Robinson were served with indictments this week. A Leflore County grand jury issued the indictments in August, but the documents weren’t made public until they ...

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Trial set for man accused of swindling bowling leagues

HERNANDO — A trial date of Dec. 10 has been scheduled for a Tennessee man for allegedly embezzling prize money from bowling leagues. The Commercial Appeal reports 70-year-old Tommy Hart of Collierville, Tenn., was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on a charge that he embezzled nearly $47,000 in prize money from bowling leagues at his Cotton Bowl Lanes ...

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Tacker asks judge to vacate sentence for biofuels scheme

NETTLETON — A Mississippi businessman has asked a federal judge to vacate his five-year prison sentence on a conviction of defrauding a biofuels subsidy program. William T. “Tommy” Tacker II was convicted in 2010 on 10 counts that he conspired to defraud the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million for his company, Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc. of Nettleton. ...

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Court rules lawyer not eligible for Appeals ballot

JACKSON — A divided Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday vacated a lower court’s order that put a Jackson attorney’s name on a Court of Appeals ballot. Latrice Westbrooks had challenged her removal from the ballot based on residency arguments. Westbrooks has acknowledged that she lives seven-tenths of a mile outside District 2, but she says state law doesn’t require Court ...

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Judge reschedules sentencing in cancer center fraud case

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled sentencing hearings for three women convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks are scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sentencing had been scheduled for Monday. Sachdeva founded the Rose Cancer Center in the South Mississippi ...

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