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Sentencing of ex-bank employees postponed

GULFPORT — Sentencing has been reset for Oct. 12 in U.S. District Court for two former employees of Hancock Bank’s Ocean Springs main branch in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme to defraud the bank branch. Margaret Migues, former branch operations manager at the Hancock Bank main branch in Ocean Springs, and Doris Burney, a former teller there, initially were scheduled for ...

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Supervisor out on bond, faces kickback charges

GREENE COUNTY — Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder is out on $20,000 bond after a week in the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility. The 69-year-old supervisor was convicted Aug. 20 on one federal tax evasion count in an alleged kickback scheme for a debris removal contract. Prosecutors argued last Friday that he should be held as a flight risk, because ...

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Ex-city utility clerks indicted for embezzling

COLLINS — According to State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Rachel Jones and Tracey Posey have been indicted for embezzling funds from the City of Collins. Allegedly, the former city utility clerks set up a scheme to receive utility services provided by the City with no intentions to pay for the services. “Our investigation indicates that these individuals accomplished this embezzlement scheme ...

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Judge approves public sale of cemetery

VICKSBURG — The Secretary of State Office’s successful effort to clear a $2.2-million debt against Green Acres Cemetery in Vicksburg has cleared the way to place the property up for public sale. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann negotiated the release of the debt with the lienholder at no cost to the state or the cemetery. Chancellor Barnes ordered the sale ...

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Men plead not guilty to defrauding railroad

SMITHVILLE — Two Smithville men face a September trial on charges they defrauded the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that 47-year-old Kenny Avery and 44-year-old Allen Duncan pleaded not guilty yesterday to one federal count of fraud by wire, radio or television. Their July 1 indictment, sealed until the hearing, told Magistrate Jerry A. ...

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Hood warns of mystery shopper scam

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding consumers to be cautious when responding to advertisements and mailings for employment as a mystery/secret shopper or customer service evaluator. Many of these advertisements are scams, Hood said. Often, the scam starts when consumers respond to an advertisement or mailing looking for a mystery shopper, secret shopper or a customer service evaluator. ...

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Hood warns of return of phishing scam

JACKSON — A common scam has resurfaced in Northeast Mississippi, warns Attorney General Jim Hood. Consumers in that area have called the Attorney General’s Office and the Mississippi Public Service Commission about suspicious phone calls they have received recently. In the calls, consumers are advised that their bank cards have been deactivated, frozen or are being transferred to another company. ...

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FBI investigating iPad security breach

NEW YORK — The FBI said yesterday that it is investigating a data breach at AT&T that exposed the e-mail addresses of more than 114,000 owners of the Apple iPad, including government officials. The agency said it is looking into “the potential cyber threat” from the breach. AT&T Inc. said it has no comment. The Dallas-based phone company acknowledged Wednesday ...

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Ex-bank employee charged with embezzlement

GULFPORT — A second former Hancock Bank employee has been formally charged with embezzlement in U.S. District Court. The Sun Herald reports that 62-year-old Willie Doris Burney agreed to waive her right to a formal grand jury indictment on the charge. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Roper agreed to release Burney on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Burney, with attorney Ian A. ...

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