Two Alcorn County Residents Face Charges for Selling Counterfeit Goods After More than $1.5 Million in Counterfeit Goods and Coins Discovered

September 20, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that two Alcorn county men have been arrested following a joint investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, the Corinth Police Department and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division that uncovered more than $1.5 million in counterfeit goods and coins.

David S. Driver, 39, of Corinth, and Russell W. Haynie, 42, a native of Stantonville, TN, were arrested by authorities Friday at their Corinth business, Discount Wallet Outlet. The joint investigation revealed that the defendants were selling counterfeit goods to the general public from their store and online. During the arrest, authorities seized more than $1.5 million in counterfeit goods and coins. 

Both defendants are facing charges of the sale of counterfeit goods, wire and mail fraud. If convicted of all charges, they each face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Lee McDivitt and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley of the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division.

 


Two Ridgeland Residents Arrested for Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person

September 14, 2016

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Pictured left to right: Henry Thomas McAlister III, 47, and Renee Hope Netherland, aka Renee Lester, 42, both residents of Jackson.

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that two Ridgeland residents have been arrested for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.

Renee Hope Netherland, aka Renee Lester, 42, and Henry Thomas McAlister III, 47, were arrested Tuesday by investigators of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adult Unit with assistance from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office following an indictment by a Hinds County grand jury for one count of exploitation of vulnerable adult.

Netherland and McAlister are accused of obtaining a debit card belonging to a patient in a Jackson care facility and using the card to make withdrawals and purchases totaling $250 or more without the consent of the victim, then converting the money to their own use. The pair was indicted following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

The defendants were booked into the Hinds County Jail with no bond set and are awaiting their initial appearance. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are 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 Bob Anderson of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division. 


Jackson Woman Arrested for Credit Card Fraud

September 14, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Jackson woman has been arrested for credit card fraud.

Zalorie Denise Smith, 43, was arrested Tuesday by investigators of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adult Unit with assistance from the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office following an indictment by a Hinds County grand jury for one count of credit card fraud. Smith was booked into the Hinds County Jail with no bond set and is awaiting her initial appearance.

According to the indictment, Smith obtained a credit card from a 99-year-old woman, and used the card to purchase more than $100 in goods or services.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Bob Anderson of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.


Meridian Resident Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

September 13, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Meridian man is going to prison for possessing child pornography.

Eric Deshawn Smith, 32, of Meridian, pleaded guilty today to one count of child exploitation before Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Justin Cobb. Smith was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 33 of those years suspended, leaving seven years to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. Smith was ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Children’s Trust Fund, $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and must register as a sex offender.

Smith was arrested April 4 at his home by investigators with the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit. It was discovered through an investigation that Smith was downloading images and videos of child sexual abuse.

“Our resolve grows stronger in every case to hold accountable Internet sexual predators accountable and bring criminals to justice,” Attorney General Hood said. “We appreciate Judge Cobb’s sentence and are glad to work with law enforcement agencies across Mississippi to make our communities safer.”

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

 


Former Columbus Police Officer Arraigned on Manslaughter Charge

September 9, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a former Columbus police officer has been formally charged for manslaughter.

Canyon Boykin, 26, of Columbus, was indicted Wednesday by a Lowndes County grand jury for one count of manslaughter. He was arraigned today in Lowndes County Circuit Court before Judge James T. Kitchens, Jr. Judge Kitchens set Boykin’s bond at $20,000.

The indictment alleges that last October Boykin, while employed as a police officer for the Columbus Police Department, unnecessarily shot Ricky Ball while Ball was fleeing from Boykin following a traffic stop. At the time of the incident, Boykin had been working at the department for three years.

The District Attorney’s Office recused itself from the case. The case is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander.

“Officer-involved shootings present challenges for every community in which they occur. A Lowndes County grand jury chose to indict Mr. Boykin for unnecessarily shooting a Columbus resident. The Lowndes County grand jury has given me my marching orders as a prosecutor. It is my duty to carry out those orders and present the case to a Lowndes County Circuit Court Jury at trial,” Attorney General Hood said. “Our police officers put their lives on the line for us every day. We owe it to them and to our citizens to see that the highest standards of conduct are always met.”

If convicted of the charge, Boykin faces up to 20 years behind bars.  As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Hinds County Assistant DA Indicted on Conspiracy Counts

September 8, 2016

A Hinds County assistant district attorney was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury Wednesday, accused of conspiring with DA Robert Shuler Smith and others to hinder prosecution of a criminal defendant.

Jamie K. McBride, 52, of Madison was indicted on two felony counts of conspiracy to hinder prosecution. He was arrested late Wednesday afternoon and booked into the Hinds County Jail. Smith was also indicted on Wednesday on related charges.

The grand jury accuses McBride of conspiring with Smith, former assistant DA Ivon Johnson and unnamed co-conspirators to hinder prosecution of criminal defendant Christopher Butler in four different Hinds County Circuit Court cases.

As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 


Hinds County District Attorney Indicted for Conspiracy to Hinder Prosecution

September 7, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Hinds County grand jury has indicted Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith on two felony charges, accusing Smith of conspiring with an assistant DA to hinder prosecution of a criminal defendant.

Smith, 45, of Jackson, is charged with two counts of conspiring to hinder prosecution in the first degree, felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on each count.

Additionally, the grand jury indicted Smith on a misdemeanor count of violating Mississippi Code Section 97-11-3, which states that a DA shall not “consult, advise, counsel or defend” a person charged with a crime. If convicted of that charge, Smith faces removal from office and a fine of up to $500.

“As a former district attorney, I have the utmost respect for the work our district attorneys do every day to make Mississippi a safer place to live. They are my colleagues in the fight against crime,” Attorney General Hood said. “So it brings me no pleasure to prosecute one of our own. But a Hinds County grand jury has indicted Mr. Smith for serious violations of the law that hamper the ability of our criminal justice system to do its job. My hope is that this case is resolved fairly and expeditiously for the sake of the citizens of Hinds County.” 

The three-count indictment alleges that Smith conspired with former Assistant DA Ivon Johnson and with unnamed co-conspirators to hinder the prosecution of criminal defendant Christopher Butler in four different Hinds County Circuit Court cases. The grand jury indicted Smith for violating Mississippi Code Section 97-11-3 based on allegations that Smith met with Butler at the Hinds County Jail outside the presence of Butler’s attorney, advised Butler’s attorney about ways to undermine the State’s case against Butler, and sought to have Butler released from jail.

Johnson pleaded guilty in federal court in July to conspiring to take money in exchange for lowering bond for a criminal defendant.

As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

 


Jackson Man Going to Prison for Auto Theft

August 26, 2016
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Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that a Jackson man has been sentenced for auto theft.

Jack Kirby Waters, 57, appeared Thursday before Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill, Sr., and pleaded guilty to one count of auto theft. Judge Weill sentenced Waters to 10 years in prison with five of those years suspended, leaving five years to serve.

On October 8, 2014, Waters was given the keys when he misrepresented himself as a wholesale dealer to an employee at Paul Moak Honda in Jackson. Walters retrieved the keys to a Honda Accord when he requested to test drive the vehicle then drove the vehicle off the lot of Paul Moak.

Waters has been previously convicted of three felonies prior to this crime. He was convicted of false pretense in 2002, shoplifting in 2013 and auto theft in 2014, all in Hinds County.

The case was investigated by the Jackson Police Department.  Prosecution of the case was handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.