Two Harrison County Sisters Indicted for Workers Compensation Fraud

March 16, 2016
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Pictured left: Detria Vogle; Pictured right: Rachel Vogle

Two Harrison County sisters have been indicted on multiple charges of workers compensation fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Detria L. Vogle, 39, of Biloxi, and Rachel C. Vogle, 36, of Gulfport, were arrested by deputies from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The arrests were made following indictments by the Harrison County Grand Jury. Both Detria Vogle and Rachel Vogle were charged with four counts each of workers compensation fraud.

The indictments allege that Detria Vogle and Rachel Vogle made “false or misleading statements or representations to the Mississippi Insurance Guaranty Association, for the purpose of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits” that were intended for their deceased father. Neither defendant notified the Association that their father was deceased and instead, the Vogle sisters continued to receive workers’ compensation benefits between August 2011 and December 2014.

Both defendants were booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Center and are currently awaiting trial. If convicted, each faces up to 12 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker and investigated by Christopher Watkins and Ronnie Odom of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division/Insurance Integrity Unit.

 


Attorney General Jim Hood’s Consumer Protection Division to Offer Information, Assistance to Flood Victims at Three Locations Next Week

March 16, 2016
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Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that representatives from the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office will be in Washington, Pearl River and Coahoma counties next week to provide important information and answer questions from consumers affected by recent flooding.

The Attorney General’s staff will offer educational materials related to home-repair scams and natural disaster recovery. Consumers will also be able to pick up free copies of sample contracts that homeowners can use when contracting for post-flood home repairs.

Employees of the Consumer Protection Division will also be available to meet with consumers who wish to file consumer complaints or have other consumer-related questions.

“Mississippians who lost their homes because of these devastating floods don’t need further injury from unscrupulous contractors or scammers,” Attorney General Hood said. “We want to make sure that consumers know their rights and are equipped with the tools to prevent fraud and scams as they get back on their feet.  Consumers can meet face-to-face with my staff and get their questions answered.”

Consumers who are unable to attend one of the events in person are encouraged to visit www.AGJimHood.com for more information. Consumer complaints may also be filed online. Anyone requesting materials by mail may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 281-4418.

The Attorney General’s Office will be in Greenville and Picayune on Tuesday and in Clarksdale on Wednesday. Specific locations are:

Greenville
Tuesday, March 22
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
900 Washington Ave.

Picayune
Tuesday, March 22
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library
900 Goodyear Blvd.

Clarksdale
Wednesday, March 23
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Clarksdale City Hall
121 Sunflower Ave.

Attorney General Hood encourages Mississippians to be cautious when hiring home-repair contractors for flooding or storm damage and to use contractors within the state. Consumers should ask for several local references and hire only licensed and bonded contractors.


Louisiana Woman Going to Jail for Forgery and Grand Larceny

March 14, 2016
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Nicole Mata, 30, of Ridgecrest, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to forgery and theft from a senior citizen in her care, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Mata appeared before Judge Forrest A. Johnson in Adams County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty to one count of “uttering a forgery” and one count of grand larceny. Judge Johnson sentenced Mata to serve five years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, three years suspended with two years to serve and three years of post-release supervision. She was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to the victim.

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

The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Mata, while serving as a domestic helper for a Natchez senior citizen, forged a check on the senior citizen’s account and stole some of the victim’s jewelry.

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

 


Laurel Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud

March 11, 2016
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Arnisha T. Dean, 34, of Laurel, has been arrested for insurance fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Dean was recently arrested by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office following her indictment by a Jones County Grand Jury for one count of insurance fraud. 

DEANAs a result of an investigation conducted by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Unit, Dean is accused of making a false and fraudulent statement to her insurance company, United Automobile Insurance Company (UAIC), by buying insurance online on a vehicle and minutes later filing a claim for damage to a vehicle that had been wrecked a few hours earlier that same day. 

Dean was booked into the Jones County Jail with her arraignment date set for March 15. If convicted, she faces up to three years behind bars and a maximum of $5,000 in fines. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by Michael Stevens and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Bob Anderson of the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Unit.

 

 

 


Lumberton Resident Arrested for Child Exploitation

March 10, 2016
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donovanRonald Donovan, 54, of Lumberton, has been arrested and charged with one count of exploitation of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Donovan was arrested today by investigators of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Picayune Police Department and Pearl River Sheriff’s Office.

The joint investigation uncovered Donovan was illegally trafficking child sexual abuse images.

Donovan was booked into the Pearl River County Jail with a bond set at $40,000. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years behind bars. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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

 


Direct Care Worker Arrested for Gratification of Lust

March 9, 2016
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Daniel P. Smith, 21, of Magee, has been arrested and charged for gratification of lust while employed as a direct care worker, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Smith was arrested Monday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The charge alleges Smith touched a 24-year-old male patient inappropriately while employed as a direct care worker at a mental health facility. 

Smith was booked in to the Simpson County Jail and released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted of the charge against him, Smith faces up to 15 years behind bars. As with all cases, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

This case was investigated by Jeff Stewart, Barrick Fortune and John David Flowers and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Sue Perry of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 

 


Former Director of Nursing of Adams County Nursing Center Arrested for Embezzlement of Controlled Substance

March 2, 2016
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Kimberly Lindsey, 41, of Natchez, has been arrested for alleged embezzlement of a controlled substance, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Lindsey recently turned herself in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office following an indictment by the Adams County Grand Jury for one count of Embezzlement of a Controlled Substance.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division uncovered that Lindsey is alleged to have embezzled Hydrocodone,  a schedule two controlled substance, through her former employment as the Director of Nursing at the Adams County Nursing Center.

Following her arrest, Lindsey’s bond was set at $10,000. Her arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. If convicted of the charges against her, Lindsey faces up to five years behind bars and a $1,000 fine. As with all cases, the charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

This case was investigated by Michael Stevens of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander at the request of the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

 

 


Attorney General Jim Hood Applauds Senate Passage of Senate Bill 2237

March 1, 2016
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Attorney General Jim Hood applauded the Mississippi Senate today for approving a measure intended to protect the safety of the individuals responsible for carrying out executions.

Senate Bill 2237 would protect the identities of the state executioner and members of the execution team, and would also keep confidential the names of the local supplier or suppliers of lethal injection drugs located in the State of Mississippi. The bill was drafted by the Attorney General’s Office, and it is part of the Attorney General’s legislative agenda.

Attorney General Hood praised the leadership of Sen. Sean Tindell, who guided the bill through committee and handled the bill on the Senate floor today. Tindell, of Gulfport, is chairman of the Senate Judiciary-A Committee. The Attorney General also thanked Sen. Joey Fillingane of Sumrall, who sponsored the bill.

“We’ve had honest, hard-working Mississippi residents who have refused to work on the execution team because of fear for the safety of their families and concerns about retaliation inside and outside the prison,” Attorney General Hood said. “As long as we have the death penalty in Mississippi, we have a responsibility to protect the state employees who assist in carrying out executions. The businesses that agree to supply lethal injection drugs must also be free from the intimidation and strong-arm tactics of some anti-death penalty activists.”

Attorney General Hood said U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. recognized the importance of confidentiality in 2011, when he issued a protective order shielding names of the execution team from litigants in a lawsuit. The judge at the time said the team faced the possibility of harassment and retaliation.

“In instances like this, it’s important to weigh the public’s right to know versus the potential risk of harm to those who are merely doing their jobs and following state law,” Attorney General Hood said. “This is one of those very rare cases where there is a greater benefit to keeping some information confidential.”

Out of an abundance of respect for the families of murder victims, the bill also protects the identities of witnesses of the victim’s or the inmate’s family if they wish to remain confidential.

The bill passed 32-18. It is currently being held in the Senate on a motion to reconsider.