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Ex-NFL player pleads guilty to business scam

JACKSON — A former National Football League player and Mississippi businessman has admitted to using investors’ money for a planned resort area in China and to buy himself a luxury van, a boat and other items. The Clarion-Ledger reports 48-year-old Jeffrey L. Walker, formerly of Madison, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and tax evasion. Last ...

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Coast businessman sentenced for embezzling from customers

OCEAN SPRINGS — A Coast businessman has been sentenced for embezzlement and must pay full restitution to his victims, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rusty Lee Keenum, 37, of Ocean Springs, appeared before Judge John C. Gargiulo and pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement. The judge sentenced Keenum to six years in the custody of the Mississippi Department ...

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Ex-Hancock auditor accepts agreement in fraud case

GULFPORT — A former Hancock Bank auditor has admitted she defrauded the bank of $143,000 over a two-year period by converting portions of collections into money orders. The Sun Herald reports 45-year-old Lisa Brooks of Gulfport accepted a plea agreement yesterday. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Brooks is free on ...

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Man pleads guilty to charges of cigarette smuggling

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to charges related to his role in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation. James B. Trosper of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty this past week in federal court in Oxford to three counts involving a scheme to defraud the U.S. and several states of more than $1 million in tobacco taxes and ...

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Biglanes' sentencing for bribery rescheduled

LAUREL — Sentencing for a father and son from Laurel who pleaded guilty to trying to bribe Mississippi’s transportation director has been rescheduled for Oct. 17. Kenneth Biglane and his son, Peter J. Biglane, pleaded guilty in July to bribery. They face maximum penalties of 10 years in prison each and a $250,000 fine. The Laurel Leader Call reports they ...

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Five more sentenced for healthcare insurance fraud

BRANDON — Five women have been sentenced from three to eight years in prison for helping bilk the state out of more than $500,000 in a healthcare fraud scheme. The Clarion-Ledger reports the women were sentenced in Rankin County Circuit Court by Judge John Emfinger. So far, 11 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. The remaining three are set ...

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Three more plead guilty to health insurance fraud

BRANDON — Three more defendants have entered guilty pleas concerning their role in an insurance fraud scheme involving the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Fourteen people were charged in the case where three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi were accused of conspiring with 11 state employees. Seven others recently ...

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Some defendants to plead not guilty to health insurance fraud

JACKSON — Several people charged in a state health insurance fraud scheme have indicated they plan to go to trial despite numerous co-defendants pleading guilty. In the last week, seven people pleaded guilty to multiple counts of conspiracy, insurance fraud, mail fraud and false representation. Most were sentenced, receiving 10 to 15 years from Circuit Judge John Emfinger in Rankin ...

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Ex-supervisor gets time for Katrina-related bribery

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge has sentenced former Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder to 6-1/2 years in prison for a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Holder yesterday in Hattiesburg. Holder was convicted in April of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, perjury before a grand jury and tax evasion. The Hattiesburg American reports the charges were related to ...

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Minor, ex-judges ordered back to prison

JACKSON — Former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor and two ex-judges have been ordered returned to prison by a federal judge overseeing their corruption case. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate denied requests from Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield to be re-sentenced to time they have already served in the case. They had to be ...

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