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Guilty plea expected in shipping fraud case

BILOXI — A man intends to plead guilty Wednesday as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi, federal court records say. Married couple Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. U.S. District Judge Walter Gex III in Gulfport scheduled the plea hearing ...

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Halliburton to plead guilty to obstruction in oil spill investigation

NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana. Halliburton has agreed to pay ...

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Rep. Aldridge, family plead not guilty to grand larceny

TUPELO — State Rep. Brian Aldridge and his parents pleaded not guilty to charges that they took property from a relative and converted it to their personal use. Brian Aldridge, a 36-year-old Republican from Tupelo, has been charged with one count of grand larceny. Aldridge’s father, Louis Aldridge, 64, is charged with three counts embezzlement and his mother Janice Aldridge, ...

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Store owners face sentencing for selling counterfeit clothing

HOUSTON — A Chickasaw County couple pleaded guilty this week to selling counterfeit goods. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 46-year-old Willie McMillian and his wife, 47-year-old Sophia Hill McMillian, pleaded guilty to sale and possession with intent to sell goods bearing counterfeit labels or trade-marks. McMillian owned and operated Urban Wear with Hill, where the couple sold a high ...

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Ex-missing woman pleads not guilty to embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — Linda Gale Reed has pleaded not guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Reed entered the plea Friday in Copiah County Circuit Court in Hazlehurst. Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard denied bail for Reed and set her trial for July 23. The 65-year-old Reed was first reported missing in April 2012 by her daughter after Reed’s car was found abandoned ...

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Man pleads not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Oxford. His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear in a court filing yesterday and entered not guilty pleas ...

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Plea saves Ky. man from charges for contraband tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Florida tobacco distributor long watched by federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme to avoid paying taxes owed on online cigarette sales in Kentucky. Pedro “Peter” Bello became the second person to admit to plotting to use phony invoices to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars’ worth of cigarettes. ...

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