Hinds County Man Going to Prison for Simple Robbery

January 15, 2015
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A Jackson resident has been sentenced to prison for simple robbery and receiving stolen property, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Larry Ray, 19, of Jackson, appeared before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan Friday to face charges related to two separate armed robberies. Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of simple robbery and one count of receiving stolen property.  For this crime, Judge Gowan sentenced Ray to 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 10 years to serve, five years suspended and five years of post-release supervision. Ray was also sentenced in that case to 10 years for receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victims Compensation Fund.  Ray admitted in court that he and two co-defendants robbed two female victims at gunpoint at a Jackson apartment complex.

Ray also plead guilty in court to another simple robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years suspended.  In this case, Ray admitted he observed the victim placing money in their pocket while leaving a Dairy Queen in Jackson and grabbed the victim’s jacket from behind and reached into the victim’s front pocket and removed the cash that had been placed there.

The sentences are to run concurrent  meaning Ray will serve a total of 10 years in prison.  If the defendant fails to comply with the terms and conditions of his sentence he could potentially face 40 years behind bars .

This case was investigated by Christopher Watkins and Perry Tate and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.


Richland Resident Arrested for Child Desertion

January 14, 2015
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A Rankin County man has been arrested for child desertion, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Joe Glen Tharp, Sr.. 36, of Richland has been arrested and booked in the Rankin County Detention Center today on one count of felony child desertion.  Tharp is alleged to owe approximately $35,000 in back child support.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $500 fine. No court dates have been set at this time.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The arrest was made by Investigators Larry Ware and Keith Denson of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.   The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Elliott Flaggs, Director of the Attorney General’s Child Desertion Unit.


Two Mississippi Aldermen Arrested for Fraud

January 12, 2015
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Two Mississippi Aldermen have been arrested for filing fraudulent statements, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Jeffrey L. Riley, 48, an Alderman for the city of Sledge, and Ontario Braxton, 41, an Alderman for the city of Coahoma, were both arrested Thursday (January 8) in separate and unrelated cases.  Both defendants are charged with filing a false qualifying statement of intent for the Office of Alderman. Riley and Braxton are both convicted felons and are accused of intentionally failing to reveal that information in their qualifying paperwork.  Both have been released on their own recognizance.

If convicted, Riley and Braxton face up to five years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Perry Tate and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.


Nursing Assistant Charged with Exploitation of Vulnerable Person in George County

January 7, 2015
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A certified nursing assistance at a personal care home in Lucedale has been arrested for allegedly victimizing a patient of the facility, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Patricia Harris, 31, of Moss Point on Tuesday at her home in Moss Point.  Harris is charged with three counts forgery and one count exploitation of a vulnerable person.  Harris is accused, while working as a CNA at a personal care home in Lucedale, of using the checks and credit cards of a patient in an amount over $35,000 for her own personal gain.   If convicted, Harris faces up to 15 years on each forgery count and 10 years on the exploitation charge for a potential maximum total of 55 years behind bars.  As with all cases the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Harris was booked into the George County Detention Center.  The George County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the initial investigation and arrest.


Harrison County Woman Arrested for Scamming Red Cross

January 7, 2015
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A Harrison County woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the American Red Cross, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Wanda Perkins, 43, of Gulfport, was arrested Monday night at her home in Harrison County by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.  Perkins is charged with one count false pretense, one count mail and wire fraud, and one count credit card fraud. Perkins was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and allegedly created false claims of fires that destroyed homes in order to receive money from the charity.   She is accused of receiving approximately $20,000 in the alleged con.

“We hope people will continue to give to the American Red Cross as members of their local organization brought the matter to our attention and have been most cooperative with our investigation,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.

“We are aware of the arrest of a former volunteer of the Mississippi region of the American Red Cross,” said Marilynn Grossman, Regional Communications/Marketing Manager for the American Red Cross. “ The initial information in this matter was developed through a routine review of our disaster services operations.  That information was turned over to the Mississippi Attorney General’s office who began an investigation into the matter. The Red Cross will cooperate fully with the investigation.”

Perkins was booked into the Harrison County Detention Center.  If convicted, she faces up to 18 years behind bars.  As with all cases the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Miller Faulk and Bo Luckey and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Shaun Yurtkuran of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

 


Union County Woman Arrested for Attempting to Make Money From Local Tragedy

December 18, 2014
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A Union County woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to make money from a tragic situation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Janet Posey, 39, of Blue Springs, was arrested last night at her home in Union County by investigators with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division with assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  Posey is charged with one count attempted false pretense and one count communications fraud for allegedly setting up a scam to fundraise donations for the family of Jessica Lane Chambers, whose death is under investigation in Panola County.

“Family members and friends of the family brought their concerns about the site to our attention,” said Attorney General Hood.  “Because we will be prosecuting the case, we cannot discuss any details of our case at this time.  I would like to thank Sheriff Jimmy Edwards for his assistance in this arrest.”

Posey was booked into the Union County Detention Center.  If convicted, she faces up to 15 years behind bars (10 for false pretense and five for communications fraud).  As with all cases ,the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Richie McCluskey and Miller Faulk and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Shaun Yurtkuran of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.


Two Clarksdale Residents Arrested for Statutory Rape

December 8, 2014
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Two Clarksdale residents have been arrested and charged with the statutory rape of a teenager.

An ongoing investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office resulted Friday in the probable cause arrests of Maurice Antonio Knight,31,  and Michael Dantail Williams, 32, both of Clarksdale. Knight and Williams were arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Office with the assistance of the Clarksdale Police Department.  Both are charged with statutory rape of a 15 year old and booked into the Clarksdale jail.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years behind bars.  As with all cases the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

 


AG Hosts 11th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Memory and Honor of Mississippi Crime Victims

December 8, 2014
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Attorney General Jim Hood is hosting the 11th annual tree lighting ceremony today in memory and honor of Mississippi crime victims and those who work to serve them.

The event will be held today at 10:30am, at the Attorney General’s Office building, in the lobby of Walter Sillers, 550 High Street in Jackson.

Mississippi crime victims who have survived violent criminal acts will be honored and the surviving family members of homicide victims will be recognized at the ceremony.

“Just hearing the stories behind each ornament placed on the tree touches my heart and provides great motivation for this office,” said Attorney General Hood.  “It is our opportunity to show survivors of violent crimes and their families that they are not alone and that we grieve with them.  This event also gives us time to recognize and thank victim advocates and criminal justice officials for their diligent efforts and hard work throughout the year to provide services to these victims, survivors and their families.”

Throughout the year, the Bureau of Victim Assistance of the Office of the Attorney General works diligently to increase the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, promote the fair and compassionate treatment of victims of crime, ensure victims are afforded their constitutional rights and considerations, and provide financial assistance with losses resulting from injuries or death.

In FY2014, the division paid $3,628,465.61 in victim compensation benefits. To date, the total victim compensation benefits awarded (FY2005 – FY2014) total $28,718,984.10. The division operates with revenue derived from fees and assessments imposed on criminals, court ordered restitution and federal grants.

For more information on the services provided by the Bureau, please call 800-829-6766 or 601-359-6766 or visit www.agjimhood.com.