Pelahatchie Resident Arrested for Workers’ Comp Fraud

October 16, 2014
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A Pelahatchie resident has been arrested following indictment in Rankin County for workers’ comp fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Jacqueline Hill, aka Jacqueline Doty, 32, of Pelahatchie, turned herself in at the Rankin County Detention Center today after having been indicted by the Rankin County Grand Jury on one count of workers’ compensation fraud.  Hill is accused in the indictment of making false statements to Union Standard Insurance Company for the purpose of obtaining workers comp benefits by misrepresenting to USIC “that she was not receiving a secondary income while receiving workers’ compensation benefits.”

If convicted, Hill faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  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 handled by the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit.  It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Jerry Spell.


Pascagoula Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

October 13, 2014
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A Jackson County man is going to prison after admitting to possessing and producing child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Robert Hinger Jr., 48, of Pascagoula, appeared before Judge Kathy Jackson in Jackson County Circuit Court this morning and pleaded guilty to four counts possession and one count production of child pornography.

Hinger was sentenced to 30 years behind bars with 12 to serve. He was also ordered to pay a $7500 fine and $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victims Fund. He must also register as a sex offender upon his release.

The Attorney General’s investigation uncovered that the defendant had emailed pornographic images to others and had taken an inappropriate picture of a 15 year old girl in the community.

“We appreciate Judge Jackson’s sentence which will get another child predator off our streets,” said Attorney General Hood.

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


Lucedale Resident Charged with Child Exploitation

October 10, 2014
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A Lucedale resident has been arrested and charged with one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Daniel Bryan Weaver, 33, was arrested Thursday night at his residence by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Weaver’s driver license shows him to be a resident of Semmes, Al.  He is accused of possessing child pornography.

If convicted, Weaver faces up to 40 years behind bars.  As with all the cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Clinton Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

October 10, 2014
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A Clinton resident will go to prison for possessing child porn, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Rickey Bryant Roby, 35, of Clinton appeared before Judge Winston L. Kidd in Hinds County today and entered a guilty plea to one count of child exploitation.  Judge Kidd sentenced Roby to ten years on the state’s recommendation and suspended five years, giving Roby five years to serve.  He must also register as a sex offender upon his release.

The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Roby had downloaded child pornography from the internet onto his home computer.

“Our work in this area continues until we close the prison doors on all the child predators in this state,” said Attorney General Hood.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.


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.