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Maryland telemarketer fined $490K by PSC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined Joel Katz, d/b/a Fast To Market Corp., of Baltimore Md., a total of $490,000 for violations of the Mississippi No-Call law and rules associated with enforcing the law. Commissioner Brandon Presley said Katz violated the No-Call law by failing to register and purchase the list and for contacting consumers that had ...

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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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Hood renders opinion on possible PERS changes

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a letter to Pat Robertson, executive director of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), giving his opinion on possible changes and/or recommendations from the PERS Study Commission. Hood wrote that whatever changes might be considered or recommended, the “law requires the state to honor the commitment it has made to hundreds of ...

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Medical examiner bill awaits Barbour's signature

JACKSON— Legislation requiring higher standards for Mississippi’s next state medical examiner and others who perform autopsies in criminal investigations is headed to the governor’s desk. The House approved the bill after an unsuccessful attempt by one lawmaker to derail the legislation. The bill calls for the state and county medical examiners to be medical doctors certified in forensic pathology by ...

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Barbour files legal brief concerning tort reform

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has filed a legal brief with the Mississippi Supreme Court, asking justices to affirm the constitutionality of tort reform measures. The Mississippi Legislature has the right to establish laws protecting Mississippians from frivolous lawsuits, Barbour said in the brief, which was joined by Double Quick Inc., an Indianola-based chain of convenience stores. 

In an amicus ...

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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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PSC levies largest-ever fine

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued a fine totaling $455,000 to SVM Inc. and Mike Moneymaker of Sparks, Nev., for violations of the Mississippi No-Call law. Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) said the fines were the result of a PSC investigation into telemarketer calls made to residents across Mississippi over the past several ...

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PSC warns of 'No Call' scam

JACKSON — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Betz is warning Mississippians of fraudulent e-mails that tell consumers to register their cell phone numbers or risk being contacted by telemarketers. “This scam is not new; however, consumers are still receiving e-mail messages asking them to call a number to register their cell phone by a certain date. I have received ...

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Companies bring tobacco lawsuit

Commonwealth Brands Inc. has joined with The Corr-Williams Company, a Mississippi tobacco and grocery wholesale distributor, in filing an action in Mississippi state court challenging a recently enacted amendment to the Mississippi tobacco tax law. The challenged portion of the law imposes a tax on cigarettes manufactured by companies, such as Commonwealth Brands, that are not parties to a Tobacco ...

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