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Ex-Hancock auditor to be sentenced for fraud

GULFPORT — A former Hancock Bank auditor is scheduled for sentencing in January for defrauding the bank of $143,000 over a two-year period by converting portions of collections into money orders. Lisa Brooks sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10 in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Authorities say the Gulfport woman faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison ...

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Sentencing of former supervisor for bribery delayed

JACKSON — Sentencing for former Holmes County Supervisor Larry Dennis has been delayed because of disagreement over how much money was lost when he was bribed a year ago. When Dennis arrived in federal court in Jackson yesterday, he was facing a maximum 37 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines for pleading guilty. But a federal prosecutor argued to ...

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Zach Scruggs wants court to toss conviction

OXFORD — A well-known Mississippi lawyer is asking a federal appeals court to throw out his 2008 conviction and sentence. Attorneys for Zach Scruggs asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hear arguments in the case, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Scruggs pleaded guilty to knowing about — but not reporting — illegal ...

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Two sentenced for role in mortgage fraud scheme

JACKSON — Former mortgage brokers Jason Ellis and Michael Persac will forfeit more than $3 million and pay more than $781,000 in restitution for their part in a mortgage fraud scheme. Ellis and Persac, out on bond since they were charged in 2005 in a mortgage fraud case, also are going to prison after their sentencings Wednesday in U.S. District ...

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Researcher sentenced for wire fraud in grant scheme

GULFPORT — A researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles has been sentenced in Gulfport to probation and restitution in a wire-fraud case. Prosecutors said Michael D. Pottenger of Santa Monica, Calif., accepted a grant of nearly $100,000 that he wasn’t eligible to receive. The Sun Herald reports Pottenger received three years’ probation and was ordered to make ...

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Four sentenced for their role in mortgage scheme

JACKSON — Four people who pleaded guilty almost five years ago in a mortgage fraud schemes have been sentenced. Prosecutors said the scheme began in September 1999 and ended in 2005, when charges were filed. It involved two related cases totaling about $5.8 million in fraudulent mortgage loans. The Clarion-Ledger reports three people were sentenced yesterday, including former Greenville real ...

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Ex-judge to be sentenced for mortgage scam

GREENWOOD — Former Greenwood attorney and judge Bobby Fisher will be sentenced tomorrow for his role in a mortgage scam. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Fisher is to appear before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson. In January 2006, Fisher and former real estate agent Jim Pruett pleaded guilty to a scheme of falsifying mortgage application documents. Pruett was ...

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Biglanes sentenced for attempted bribery of Brown

LAUREL — A father and son from Laurel who pleaded guilty to trying to bribe Mississippi’s transportation director have been sentenced in the case. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced 67-year-old Kenneth Biglane to two years in prison and his 40-year-old son, Peter Biglane, to 18 months for bribery relating to a program which receives benefits under federal programs ...

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