Biloxi Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud

October 2, 2014
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A Biloxi resident is behind bars facing charges of insurance and wire fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Nicole Laster, 38, was arrested recently in Jackson County by the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force for the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Unit, following indictment on one count of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud.  The indictment alleges that Laster did“willfully, unlawfully and feloniously with the intent to appropriate a benefit to herself, to which she was not entitled, execute a scheme to defraud Sentry Insurance Company, in that she filed false injury claims and medical bills from Biloxi Regional Medical Center for Injuries allegedly received in an automobile collision” and she did “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously having devised a scheme to defraud and/or for obtaining money from Sentry Insurance Company, to which she was not entitled, and for the purposes of executing said scheme did transmit or cause to be transmitted, across county or state jurisdictional lines, a writing, being fraudulent injury claim forms and/or medical records for injuries allegedly received in an automobile collision.”

Laster was booked into the Jackson County jail and is currently out on bond awaiting her trial.  If convicted, she faces up to three years behind bars on the insurance fraud charge and up to five years on the wire fraud charge.  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 Christopher Watkins and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Unit.


DeSoto County Resident Arrested for Child Exploitation

October 2, 2014
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A DeSoto County resident has been arrested and charged with child exploitation for allegedly possessing child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Jeremy Gregg, 34, of Hernando, was arrested Wednesday at his home by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.  The arrest was made through the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Gregg was booked into the DeSoto County Detention Center and his bond set at $500,000.  If convicted, he faces up to 40 years behind bars.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Former Warren County Circuit Clerk Going to Prison for Embezzlement

September 29, 2014
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A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey.

Judge Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run concurrently. Palmertree was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution and must report to the MDOC for incarceration on October 15, 2014.

At the times the crimes were committed, Palmertree took $12,000 from the Warren County Circuit Clerk Criminal Account and put $7,000 into her own personal account and $5,000 into her Circuit Clerk Fee Account.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Audit.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy.


Jackson Resident Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

September 18, 2014
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A Jackson resident is going to prison for exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Anttrannica Hardy, 25, pled guilty Monday before Judge Lamar Pickard in Copiah County Circuit Court to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person .   Hardy was sentenced to three years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with two years suspended, one to serve followed by two years of supervised probation.  Hardy was also ordered to pay a $400 fine, $500 to the crime victims compensation fund,  investigative costs and full restitution in the amount of $2,691.

The crime occurred while Hardy was employed as  CNA at Pleasant Hill Community Living Center in Jackson.  The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Hardy obtained the debit card of a resident of the facility and used the card without the victim’s permission to make purchase in Hinds and Copiah counties between May 6 and June 21, 2013.

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


Ellisville Resident Going to Prison For Stealing Credit Cards from Vulnerable Person

September 17, 2014
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An Ellisville man is going to prison for taking and using the credit cards of a vulnerable person residing at the care facility where he worked, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Javoske Antwain Marsh, 24, of Ellisville, pleaded guilty Tuesday– before Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum in Jones County– to two counts felonious use of a credit card to obtain goods and services and one count attempted use of a credit card to obtain goods and services.

Marsh was sentenced to five years with four suspended and one to serve on all counts. The sentences are to run concurrently (meaning he will spend one year behind bars). Marsh was also ordered to serve two years post release supervision during which time he is to pay restitution in the amount of $1,750.72, pay $350 in court costs, $1,000 to Crime Victim’ Fund, $250 for investigative costs, $1,000 for the use of the public defender’s office, $55 a month for post release supervision fee and participate in the 18th Circuit Court Community Service Program.

At the time the crimes were committed, Marsh worked at Magnolia Gardens Assisted Living in Ellisville.  The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Marsh took the VISA and Regions Bank Card of a resident of the facility and ran up charges in excess of $1,700.

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


Horn Lake Man Arrested for Child Exploitation

September 11, 2014
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A DeSoto County man has been arrested and charged with child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kenath Dwayne Peal, 55, of Horn Lake, was arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and charged with one count of child exploitation. Peal was booked into the DeSoto County jail.  Bond has not yet been set.

Peal faces up to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.


Ridgeland Resident Arrested for Child Exploitation

September 5, 2014
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A Ridgeland resident is behind bars and facing charges of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

David Stough, 44, of Ridgeland was arrested at his home Thursday by investigators of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance of investigators with the Ridgeland Police Department, an ICAC Task Force Affiliate.  Stough is charged with one count of child exploitation for allegedly being in possession of child porn.

Stough was booked into the Ridgeland jail with no bond pending an initial appearance in Ridgeland City Court.  If convicted, he faces up to 40 years behind bars.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Pontotoc Woman Going to Prison for Forgery

September 2, 2014
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A Pontotoc woman is going to prison for forgery, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kimberly Gilleylen, 40, of Pontotoc, appeared before Union County Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Elliott today for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of “uttering a forgery”. Judge Elliott sentenced Gilleylen to five years and she was ordered to pay $1,570 in restitution. The defendant must also pay an assessment of $1,000 to the crime victims compensation fund.

“We appreciate Judge Elliot’s sentence,” said Attorney General Hood. “Hopefully, it will deter others from taking advantage of our Greatest Generation.”

The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Gilleylen, while employed at an assisted living facility in New Albany, forged checks of two elderly residents of the facility.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and investigated by Jamie Thompson of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit.