FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS- Three people have been arrested for allegedly taking advantage of residents at the State’s Veterans home, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
? Gregory McCarty (age 25), previously of 1111 Riverview Place, Jackson, is charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of uttering counterfeit instruments, and two counts of aiding and abetting the uttering of counterfeit instruments.
? Raquita Parker (age21), previously of 1111 Riverview Place, Jackson, is charged with one count of conspiracy, and two counts of uttering counterfeit instruments.
? Jeremy Sykes (age 28) of 341 Mallery Drive, Byram, is charged with one count of conspiracy and four counts of aiding and abetting the uttering of counterfeit instruments.
Sykes was employed by the Mississippi States Veteran’s Home at the time the alleged crimes occurred. Sykes was a friend of McCarty who, at the time, was the boyfriend of Parker.
Sykes is accused of stealing blank bank checks from several residents of the facility and providing them to McCarthy who, along with Parker, are accused of cashing the checks and sharing the proceeds with Sykes.
If convicted on all counts, McCarty faces a maximum of 50 years in the State Penitentiary and/or $50,000 in fines. Sykes faces a maximum of 50 years in the State Penitentiary and/or $50,000 in fines. Parker faces a maximum of 30 years in the State Penitentiary and/or $30,000 in fines. McCarty may also be required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,730. Parker may be required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,695.
At the time of arrest, McCarty was incarcerated on similar charges and serving his sentence in the Issaquena Correctional Facility. Parker was also being held on similar charges in the Rankin County Correctional Facility. This case was investigated and will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
As with all cases the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.