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Former supervisor gets suspended sentence for embezzlement

CORINTH — A former Alcorn County supervisor has been given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to embezzlement. The Daily Corinthian reports Danny H. Crotts entered the plea in circuit court to a criminal information. A criminal information is a formal charge made without a grand jury indictment. Circuit Judge Jim Pounds sentenced Crotts to 20 years and suspended the ...

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Cooley sentenced for embezzling $500K from USDA program

HATTIESBURG — A Mississippi woman who worked as an office manager has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program and her unidentified employer. A federal judge yesterday sentenced Cynthia Cooley, of Hattiesburg, to 89 months in prison and ordered her to pay restitution. Cooley ...

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Judge postpones ex-NFL player's sentencing for fraud

MADISON — A federal judge has put off a former NFL player’s sentencing to give prosecutors time to notify possible fraud victims in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Arizona. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the amount of Jeffrey Walker’s restitution payment will depend on the number of victims. Sentencing had been scheduled for last Friday. Federal assistant public defender George Lucas opposed ...

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Judge sentences ex-supervisor to 30 months in prison

PICKENS — A federal judge has sentenced former Holmes County Supervisor Larry Dennis to 30 months in prison Dennis pleaded guilty in September in a bribery case related to cleanup from the April 2010 tornadoes that swept through Mississippi. The U.S. attorney’s office said that on two occasions in 2010, Dennis, who is 59 and from Pickens, demanded payments of ...

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Scruggs offers to pay expenses for travel to trial

ABERDEEN — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to attend a March 26 hearing in Mississippi on his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. And, Scruggs said he would pay his own travel expenses. The hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. In ...

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Ex-bank adjuster gets jail time for fraud

GULFPORT — A federal judge has sentenced 45-year-old Lisa Brooks of Gulfport for defrauding her former employer, Hancock Bank, of nearly over $144,000. Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Brooks yesterday to serve two years in prison, with three years of supervised release, and to pay restitution. He also ordered her to perform 100 hours of community service ...

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Physician pleads guilty to role in kickback scheme

OXFORD — A Batesville physician has pleaded guilty to bribing then-Panola County administrator David Chandler with $25,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 51-year-old Robert S. Corkern appeared before U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford yesterday. In taking the plea deal, Corkern avoids trial with two co-defendants, Raymond Shoemaker of Tupelo, a healthcare executive, and Lee Garner, ...

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Keenum sentenced to 22 months for bank fraud

BOONEVILLE — Once prominent attorney Thomas D. Keenum Sr. of Booneville has been sentenced to 22 months for federal bank fraud. The 73-year-old Keenum pleaded guilty in August 2010 to a scheme to defraud BancorpSouth of Booneville through a $135,447 loan. He faced up to 30 years in prison and $1 million in fines. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports ...

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