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Tax eats up tobacco money

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering along with the Mississippi State Tax Commission has recovered $211,737 that will be returned to the state’s General fund following a lower-than-expected collection at the contraband tobacco auction held Oct. 27 in Tupelo. The auction of over 900,000 cartons of cigarettes brought in $1.9 million; however, only $211,737 will be available to the state. ...

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Barbour searching for new D.A.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Haley Barbour is conducting a search to replace District Attorney Laurence Mellen of the 11th District. Mellen has resigned his post, effective Dec. 31. The 11th Circuit Court District includes the counties of Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman and Tunica. “I commend Laurence on his 26 years of service as the DA in the 11th District and wish ...

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Task force formed to protect intellectual property

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood and representatives from the national business community are joining together to announce the launch of the state’s first Intellectual Property Theft Task Force. Hood, Carlos Linares from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Bob Barchiesi, president of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), met with members of the press to discuss the expected ...

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Man sentenced for selling fake CDs

TUPELO — Harold Wayne Hunt, 69, of Cullman, Ala., has pleaded guilty before Judge Paul S. Funderburk to one felony count of unauthorized sale of recordings in the Circuit Court of Lee County, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Hunt was sentenced to three years in prison. The prison sentence was suspended and defendant was placed on reporting probation for ...

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Contractors plead guilty to fraud

GAUTIER and BILOXI — According to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), two Mississippians have pleaded guilty to home repair fraud on the Coast. 

Lee Andrew Thweatt, 50, of Gautier and doing business as L & S Construction, entered his plea Oct. 6 before Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs in Jackson County. Thweatt was charged in a case where he was ...

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AGO to create new task force

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has received a federal grant to establish an Intellectual Property Theft Task Force and the commencement of “Operation Knock Out Knock-Offs” (Operation KOKO). The federal grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) totals $200,000. OJP grants fund investigation, prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance activities related to all ...

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AGO, FBI issue scam alert

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood and special agent in charge Frederick T. Brink of the FBI’s Jackson Division are joining together and issuing a consumer alert regarding the numerous, ever-evolving scams that are victimizing citizens of Mississippi. 
 Brink said, “The FBI receives calls daily from individuals who have either been approached by or have fallen victim to a ...

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Company reimburses Medicaid

JACKSON — The Office of the Attorney General and Jackson Brace and Limb Company has entered into a settlement agreement totaling almost $200,000, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. The agreement requires Jackson Brace and Limb Company to repay the Division of Medicaid $102,762 for inappropriate claims made from Jan. 2001-Aug. 2008 for orthotic foot/leg braces predominantly prescribed for children. Jackson ...

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MSU, MHP develop computer program

STARKVILLE and JACKSON — The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) and Mississippi State University’s (MSU) Social Science Research Center (SSRC) have joined together to upgrade the state safety agency’s system for analyzing patrolman reports. Scientists at the university center are using satellite imagery to develop a pilot computer program that overlays traffic data about accidents, fatalities and other critical information into ...

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