Corinth Man Arrested for Filing False Documents and Wire Fraud

May 1, 2018

A 38-year-old man from Corinth was arrested today for submitting false documents to the Mississippi Department of Human Services to halt his child support payments, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Jabari Toins turned himself in on a warrant to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office following his indictment by an Alcorn County grand jury for one count of filing a false document with a state agency and one count of wire fraud for faxing the document across jurisdictional lines.

The indictment alleges Toins forged the judge’s signature on a document that terminated his parental rights with the intent of ceasing his court ordered child support payments. Toins allegedly faxed the document to the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Jackson.

If convicted, Toins faces up to five years in prison for filing the false document and up to 10 years for wire fraud. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Tonya Mangus and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.


Brandon Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

April 27, 2018

A 44-year-old man was arrested at his Brandon home Thursday on one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Jerry Michael Farley, Jr. was arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit following an investigation of Farley’s suspicious online activity. He was booked into the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department with a $25,000 bond set.

If convicted, Farley faces up to life in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.


Former Hospital Employee Charged for Stealing from Patient

April 27, 2018

A former employee at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson was arrested Wednesday for stealing money and banking information from a patient, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Shaniqua Kiera Jenkins, 27, of Jackson, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control following an indictment by a Hinds County grand jury on one count of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Jenkins is accused of stealing the victim’s debit card number and additional information on the card then using it to withdraw more than $250 for her personal use in January 2017. At the time of the crime, Jenkins was employed at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson where the victim was a patient.

Jenkins was booked into the Hinds County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, Jenkins faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Anthony Wright with the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Parker Wiseman and Mark Ward.


Man Sentenced for Failing to Pay Child Support for 6 Years

April 26, 2018

An Alabama resident, whose  children live in Mississippi, was ordered Tuesday to pay back more than $30,000 of child support after pleading guilty to one count of non-support of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill ordered 49-year-old Mike Kimble Ragsdale Sr. to pay $30,978.31 in restitution after failing to pay child support for more than six years. He must also make payments for future child support and reimburse the state of Mississippi $1,000 for the cost of extradition from Alabama. Judge Weill sentenced Ragsdale to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with those five years suspended. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised probation, which, when completed, will non-adjudicate the case.

Ragsdale was indicted in October on two counts of non-support of a child, but the second count was dropped in exchange for his plea.

“This father had already been found in contempt of court on three different occasions for failing to provide the monetary support his children deserve from him,” said General Hood.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Kimberly Purdie and Steven Waldrup with the AG’s Child Desertion Unit.


Woman Indicted for Stealing More than $20,000 from Father-In-Law

April 26, 2018

A Taylorsville woman surrendered to police last week after being indicted for stealing more than $20,000 from her elderly father-in-law, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Amanda Miller, 40, was booked into the Pearl River County Detention Facility last Wednesday on one felony count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The indictment states she took the money for her own use over the course of three years.

If convicted, Miller faces up to 10 years in prison and restitution. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by John Mardis with the AG’s Vulnerable Persons Unit and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander with the Public Integrity Division.


Meridian Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

April 17, 2018

A 20-year-old man was arrested at his Meridian home Monday on one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Christopher Edward Scrimpshire was arrested after an investigation of his online activity led the AG’s investigators to find photos of sexual child exploitation on a device in Scrimpshire’s possession. He was booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

If convicted, Scrimpshire faces up to 40 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Brandon Ogburn and Mark McClinton.


Stabbing Sends Man to Prison for 15 Years

April 16, 2018

Julian Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in the 2016 stabbing of a fellow resident at a mental health facility in Newton County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Newton County Circuit Court Judge Chris Collins sentenced the 29-year-old to 20 years with 15 of those years to serve in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years suspended on post-release supervision. A jury found Dodson guilty earlier this week on one count of aggravated assault for stabbing a fellow resident more than 20 times in the back and neck with a knife. The patient survived the incident.

“This is a case where someone who is mentally ill unfortunately gained access to a weapon and caused harm to another person,” said General Hood. “My office has worked closely with MDOC, local law enforcement, and the facility to ensure both the victim and the defendant receive the proper care, including while the defendant serves time for this crime.”

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers with assistance from the Newton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds.


Former Meridian Nursing Home Employee Arrested On 7 Count Indictment

April 10, 2018

A former office manager at a Meridian nursing home faces 70 years in prison for allegedly stealing money from nursing home residents and the facility, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Christy Moulds, 39, surrendered to authorities Monday and was booked into the Lauderdale County jail on a seven count indictment. A Lauderdale County grand jury charged her with six felony counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person and one felony count of embezzlement. The indictment states she stole more than $250 from each account of six different patients by falsifying Trust Fund Cash Request Forms. Under the embezzlement charge, the indictment states that she took between $5,000 and $25,000 from the nursing home’s Resident Trust Account.

If convicted, Moulds faces 10 years for each count of exploitation and 10 years for embezzlement. She also faces up to $35,000 in fines.  A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds, who is not related to the defendant.