Former Madison County Resident Arrested for Medicaid Fraud

March 25, 2015
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A former Madison County resident has been arrested following indictment for Medicaid Fraud and Mail/Wire Fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Theresa Lane Fisher, 46, formerly of Madison County, was arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.  Fisher was booked into the Madison County jail and posted a $35,000 bond.  The arrest followed Fisher’s indictment by the Madison County Grand Jury on four counts of Medicaid Fraud and three counts of Mail/Wire Fraud.

The defendant is accused in the indictment of falsely claiming to be a licensed physician’s assistant while working at a downtown Jackson medical clinic.    The total loss to the Medicaid program is alleged to be over $300,000.  If convicted, Fisher faces up to 35 years behind bars (five years on each count).  As with all cases, the charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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


Two Mississippi Residents Arrested for Credit Card Fraud

March 25, 2015
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Two Mississippi residents have been arrested for credit card fraud and related crimes, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Octaish Clay, 24, of Wesson and Michael Wade, 23, of Hazlehurst, were arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by the Lincoln County Grand Jury.  Clay was indicted on four counts of credit card fraud, one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery. Wade was indicted on one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery.

At the time the crimes were committed, Clay, who was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a living center in Brookhaven, allegedly stole checks and credit cards totaling $4,050 from a resident then used them with the assistance of Wade and others.

Clay and Wade were booked into the Lincoln County Jail with $25,000 bonds. If convicted, Clay faces up to 32 years behind bars and Wade faces up to 20 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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


Hinds County Inmate Sentenced for Aggravated Assault While Behind Bars

March 24, 2015
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A Hinds County inmate has been sentenced for aggravated assault against a fellow inmate, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Brandon Jerrall Jernigan, 30, of Jackson, appeared before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan Monday and was sentenced to aggravated assault for stabbing another inmate.   Judge Gowan sentenced Jernigan to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 10 to serve, 10 suspended, with five years post-release supervision.

The assault took place at the Hinds County Detention Center. Jernigan and four other co-defendants, who were pre-trial detainees, stabbed another pre-trial detainee twenty-seven times.  The victim survived the attack and was able to identify his attackers.

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


Philadelphia Woman Going to Prison for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person

March 24, 2015
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A Philadelphia housekeeper is going to prison after pleading guilty to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Rosemary Stribling also known as Rosemary Carter, 39, appeared before Judge Marcus Gordon in Neshoba County Circuit Court Monday to be sentenced on charges she exploited the elderly victim for which she was hired to clean house.   Stribling admitted to taking money from the victims accounts to make purchases which resulted in a financial loss to the victim of approximately $2,006.56.  As a result, Stribling was sentenced to eight years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, six years suspended with two years to serve.  She was also ordered to pay full restitution to the victim and some fines.

“I hope this case serves as a warning that anyone found to be victimizing our most vulnerable residents will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Hood.

This case was investigated by Shannon Spence and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders with the Vulnerable Adults Unit of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.


Michigan Woman and Mississippi Prisoner Charged with Producing Child Pornography

March 19, 2015
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A case being worked by the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in charges against a Michigan woman and a man currently imprisoned in Mississippi.

Investigators with the Ecorse and Dearborn Michigan Police Departments Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force transferred a case involving a complaint of illegal images taken of a two year old child to the Mississippi ICAC Task Force under the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.  The investigation by the Mississippi ICAC Unit led to federal warrants being served on Stephanie Rascoe, 44, a resident of Ecorse, Michigan and David Rhyne, 33, currently incarcerated in the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian.  The two are charged with production and distribution of child pornography for allegedly sharing illegal images via text message.  Rhyne also faces charges for possession of child pornography.  The alleged victim is a child entrusted occasionally to the care of Rascoe.

Rascoe was on a visit to Mississippi when she was arrested.  She has been booked into the Lee County jail.  Rhyne is currently serving time for sexual battery and was served in prison with the current federal warrant.  Both arrests occurred Wednesday.

“This case is the epitome of the work we do with our federal partners and our ICAC partners on a daily basis, “ said Attorney General Jim Hood.  “We greatly appreciate the work of the FBI, the U.S. Attorneys Office, the Mississippi Department of Corrections,  the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Ecorse and Dearborne Michigan Police Departments on this case.”

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years on production charges and 15 years on the distribution charges.  Rhyne faces up to 15 years for possession and an additional 10 years for being a convicted felon.   As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Attorney General Hood Recovers $30 Million for State’s Taxpayers and Deposits into General Fund

March 11, 2015
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Since the 2015 Legislative Session convened, Attorney General Hood has handed lawmakers over $50 million for deposit into the State of Mississippi General Fund.

The Attorney General today handed over a check from two separate settlements which amounts to $30,010,621.45.  The distribution results from litigation involving two cases:  Standard & Poor’s-$26,812,580.67 and Capital One-$3,198,040.78.   In addition, the Attorney General on February 5, 2015 deposited another $20 million into the State’s General Fund, resulting in a total of $50,010,621.45 recovered for taxpayers during this legislative session.

“The law requires that I make recommendations to the Legislature for improvement of public service,” said Attorney General Hood.  “There are several serious criminal and civil justice issues which I have advised lawmakers of and hope they will see fit to appropriate a small portion of these recoveries to address those issues.”

Among the Attorney General’s recommendation to lawmakers:

  • Approximately $15 million for a new forensic unit to expand the ability of the State Hospital at Whitfield to house the criminally insane.

“Due to the shortage of beds, the department must move a person out in order to take another in,” said Attorney General Hood.  “As a result, defendants in need of forensic evaluation languish in county jails. “

  • Approximately $2 million for dedicated supported housing and rental assistance for the mentally ill.

“I appreciate the action House members have already taken to pass House Bill 1563 which contains the requested amount of money. The bill is now in the Senate Appropriation Committee.  This is a small amount to pay in order to facilitate proper, humane treatment of our mentally ill,” said Attorney General Hood.  “It is a bargain compared to the costs we will incur if sued by the Department of Justice under the Olmstead case and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

  • $3 million on an Inmate Reentry Project

“The project would create 100 minimum security beds for felony inmates who have completed their sentences and are about to reenter society,” said Attorney General Hood.  “From this facility they would work during the day and receive drug, mental health, religious and life-skill counseling to prepare them for their release.”

The Attorney General’s Office has recovered more than $860 million in taxpayer dollars since Attorney General Hood took office in 2004.

 


Union County Resident Going to Prison For Child Exploitation

March 10, 2015
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A Union County resident is going to prison for child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Marvin Lloyd Lemar, 25, of Myrtle entered a guilty plea, to possession of child porn, before Judge John Gregory today.

As a result, Lemar was sentenced to 40 years with five to serve. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 to the Children’s Trust Fund and register as a sex offender upon release.

The defendant was caught after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children resulted in an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit.  The investigation revealed that the defendant had uploaded images of child pornography to his Flick’r account.

“I hope that the five year sentence and the additional 35 years Judge Gregory put on this defendant will deter him from ever viewing child pornography again for the remainder of his life,” said Attorney General Hood. “The message to child pornographers should by now be clear throughout the state of Mississippi:  We are watching you on-line, we have crystal clear evidence against you when we knock on your door, you will have to serve at least five years without parole in the penitentiary, and you will have to register as a convicted sex offender for a minimum of 25 years. Is it worth it?”

The Attorney General’s Office was assisted in this case by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. 

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.

 


Philadelphia Woman Arrested for Felony Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

March 10, 2015
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A Philadelphia resident has been arrested following indictment for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Tabitha Lynn Warren, 32, of Philadelphia, was arrested today by investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and booked into the Leake County jail.  The arrest followed Warren’s indictment by the Leake County Grand Jury on two counts felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.

The defendant is accused in the indictment of unauthorized actions involving two credit cards of two separate accounts of the alleged victim for whom she served as a caregiver. If convicted, Warren faces up to 20 years behind bars (10 years on each count).  As with all cases, the charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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