Holly Springs Resident Going to Prison for Possession of Child Porn

March 3, 2015
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A Holly Springs man will go to prison for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Rio Jemon Jeffries, 25, of Holly Springs, appeared before Judge Kelly Luther in Marshall County Circuit Court today. Jeffries pleaded guilty to the child exploitation/possession of child pornography charge against him. As a result, Judge Luther sentenced Jeffries to 10 years behind bars with five years to serve and five years of post-release supervision. He must also pay $1,000 to the Mississippi crime victims’ compensation fund and register as a sex offender upon release.

A cyber tip from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit led to the arrest and prosecution of Jeffries.

“This defendant was caught posting child pornography, which he found on the internet, to his Facebook page,” said Attorney General Hood. “We appreciate Judge Luther sending a message to those dealing in child pornography that they will go to the penitentiary without parole.”

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Brandon Ogburn and Linda Davis of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.


Pike County Resident Arrested for Sale of Counterfeit CDs and DVDs

February 25, 2015
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A Pike County resident has been arrested for the sale of pirated CDs and DVDs in the McComb area, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Billy Ray Badon, 38, of McComb was arrested today by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office following an indictment issued by the Pike County Grand Jury for two counts of the sale of pirated CDs and DVDs and one count of possession with intent to sell, rent, distribute or circulate pirated CDs and DVDs. Badon is accused of selling the items at his place of business, PC Aid of McComb, which is located at 1200 Lasalle Street in McComb.

Badon was booked into the Pike County Jail and released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces a felony charge, up to three years behind bars and/or a $10,000 dollar 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 investigated by Investigator Shannon Beaver and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Mark Ward of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.


Personal Care Home Operator in Tupelo Arrested for Exploitation

February 25, 2015
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A personal care home operator in Tupelo has been arrested and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Demetria Donelson, 44, of Saltillo, turned herself in to authorities at the Lee County jail Tuesday following indictment from a Lee County Grand Jury on one count exploitation of a vulnerable person. The indictment alleges that Donelson, while operating an unlicensed personal care home in Tupelo, placed her name on a patient’s account and transferred approximately $38,797.00 from the victim’s account to her accounts and then proceeded to spend the money for her own personal use.

Donelson was booked into the Lee County jail and posted a $10,000 bond. If convicted of the charge, she faces up to 10 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Investigation and prosecution of the case is being handled by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division.


Three Members of “Trash Bag Gang” Sentenced for Crimes in Choctaw County

February 24, 2015
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Three members of the so-called “trash bag gang” have been sentenced for crimes in Choctaw County, announced MBN Director Sam Owens and Attorney General Jim Hood jointly today.

Leabrian Myers, 23, of Madison and Marcus and Maurice Taylor, 32, twin brothers from Jackson, appeared before Judge Clarence E. Morgan, III, in Choctaw County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Myers pleaded guilty to one count of business burglary involving a break-in at Ackerman Discount Drugs.  He was sentenced to seven years to serve as a habitual offender, with seven years to serve to run consecutive to the eight years he is currently serving on a similar charge in Madison County.

In the same case, Marcus Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.  He was sentenced to 15 years to serve as a habitual offender.  Maurice Taylor pleaded guilty to one count possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  He was sentenced to 20 years, five suspended with 15 to serve as a habitual offender.

“We won’t tolerate drug store burglaries or any other form of diverting prescription drugs to illicit uses,” said MBN Deputy Director Mike Perkins.

“We appreciate our working relationship with MBN,” said Attorney General Hood.  “They did a great job investigating these cases so we could wind up with a successful prosecution.”

In exchange for their guilty pleas, the State agreed not to pursue other charges pending in other counties against the defendants and they must offer truthful testimony against the one remaining co-defendant.  The group became known as the “trash bag gang”  because they would use a can from the stores they robbed to carry out the drugs they had stolen.

The case was investigated by MBN with assistance from Investigator Chris Watkins of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders.

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Leabrian Myers, 23, of Madison

Leabrian Myers, 23, of Madison

Marcus Taylor, 32, of Jackson

Marcus Taylor, 32, of Jackson

 

Maurice Taylor, 32, of Jackson

Maurice Taylor, 32, of Jackson

 


Phishing Scam Targets Apple Users

February 23, 2015
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A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has been comprised.    You are then asked to provide personal information to rectify the problem.

“Because there is a large percentage of Apple users, these cons are using the Apple name to cast a wide net to phish for potential victims,” said Attorney General Hood.  “That’s why it is important to think twice about any action you take online asking you to provide personal information.  Legitimate companies like Apple never ask you to provide such information to them through an email.”

The danger for most people using iCloud is that they often back their cellular devices up to it.   In the event this account is compromised, the attacker could gain access to very sensitive and personal information stored on those backups. These phishing websites can look similar to the legitimate ones.  Very often, the scam comes in the form of a fake email (see example below) which will prompt you to click on a link and visit one of these phishing websites to “update your account information.”

To avoid this scam make sure you are in the iTunes application directly, not through a web browser. If you are asked to update your account information, make sure that you do so only in iTunes or on a legitimate page on Apple.com, such as the online Apple Store.

If you suspect your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has been compromised, change the password immediately  and/or contact Apple and advise them your account’s security has been compromised. If you have received a suspicious email, please notify iTunes Customer Support by visiting www.apple.com/support/itunes/store. Sample of phishing email:

iCloud ID – xxxx This is the final message to inform you as of 22 – February – 2015 that you have not yet updated your Apple ID details. Under “Know your Customer” legislation Apple Inc is required to carry out a verification of your information, failure to complete this validation will result in deletion of your iCloud within the next three days. Please click below to » Login to your Apple/iCloud ID To cancel the deletion of your Apple & iCloud ID please proceed to your Apple ID information before the deadline. Resolution Validation Request: #L8FHI20121711925 Sincerely, iGenius Helpteam


Former Natchez Deputy Going to Prison for Embezzlement

February 19, 2015
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A former Natchez deputy is going to prison for embezzlement, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Charles Nations, 48, of Natchez pleaded guilty today before Adams County Circuit Court Judge Forrest A. Johnson in Natchez this morning. Nations, a former deputy and director of the Adams County juvenile justice center, admitted in court to embezzling $173,000 from the center. Nations was sentenced to 15 years, with five years suspended, 10 years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $173,000 plus interest and $1,000 to the state’s crime victim compensation program.

“It hurts all of us in the law enforcement community when a law enforcement officer violates the law,” said Attorney General Hood. “I hope the 10 year sentence Judge Johnson imposed will serve as a deterrent to other would be embezzlers.”

The case was investigated by Roger Cribb and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander following recusal by the District Attorney’s Office.


Jackson Resident Arrested in Insurance Fraud Case

February 17, 2015
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A Jackson resident has been arrested for false pretense involving an insurance fraud case, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Ernest Martell Day, 39, of Jackson has been arrested by the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office for one count of false pretense following indictment by a Rankin County Grand Jury.  The indictment alleges that Day did attempt to appropriate himself insurance proceeds to which he was not entitled after filing a false and fraudulent insurance claim with Progressive Insurance Company claiming that his 2006 Land Rover had been stolen when in fact it had not.

Day was arrested Friday and is currently in the Rankin County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.   If convicted, Day faces up to a $10,000 fine and up to ten 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 Jerry Spell and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit.


Ripley Resident Going to Prison for Con Game Against Elderly Victim

February 13, 2015
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A Tippah County resident is going to prison for a con game he executed against an elderly victim, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Ahmad Fryar, 34, of Ripley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and two counts of false pretense today before Tippah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Luther.  Fryar was sentenced  to 15 years, 10 years suspended with five years to serve and five years of post-release supervision.  He was also ordered to pay full restitution to the victim, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Compensation fund and must offer truthful testimony against two other co-defendants who are awaiting prosecution.

Fryar admitted to taking over $5,000 in the scheme.   The victim believed she was helping the defendants after they contacted her and asked her for money that they would repay once a big lawsuit they pretended to be involved in was settled.

The case was investigated by Jamie Thompson and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.