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.


Madison County Judge Arrested for Simple Assault on a Vulnerable Person

February 13, 2015
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A Madison County Judge has been arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger turned himself in to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Thursday following indictment by a Madison County Grand Jury.

The indictment accuses the defendant of striking the vulnerable person in the head .  The  assault is alleged to have occurred during a visit to The Canton Flea Market.

“The law does not discriminate, and the Grand Jury has given us our marching orders,” said Attorney General Hood.  “We look forward to presenting the facts of this case in court.”

The defendant was released on a $10,000 bond.  If convicted, he faces up to five years behind bars.    The charge against him is a felony.

The case is being investigated by Victor Mason and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander of the Attorney General’s Office Public Integrity Division following recusal by the Madison County District Attorney’s Office.


Jackson Man Going to Prison for Aggravated Assault

February 13, 2015
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A Jackson man has been sentenced to prison time for aggravated assault, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan on Thursday sentenced Christopher Wilson, 31, of Jackson, on the charge of aggravated assault.  The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years to serve, five years suspended, and three years post release supervision. Wilson was found guilty of the crime by a jury on January 14.  His sentencing was delayed until today.

The investigation showed that Wilson and four other co-defendants who were pre-trial detainees stabbed another pre-trial detainee 27 times while inside the Hinds County Detention Center.  The victim survived the attack and was able to identify his attackers.

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


Yalobusha County Resident Arrested for Insurance Fraud

February 10, 2015
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A Yalobusha County resident has been arrested for insurance fraud, announced Attorney General  Jim Hood today.

Jennifer Gail Franklin, 30, of Coffeeville, was arrested today by the Yalobusha Sheriff’s Office following indictment by a Yalobusha County Grand Jury on one count each of insurance fraud and wire fraud.

Franklin is accused of intending to gain for herself a benefit to which she was not due by allegedly scheming  to defraud ACCC Insurance Company by falsely claiming that damages to her car had occurred on October 3, 2014 when in fact they had occurred on May 21,2014 and had already been compensated.

If convicted, she faces up to three years behind bars for the insurance fraud charge and up to five years for the wire fraud charge.

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.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Attorney General Hood Urges Nine Oil Companies to Eliminate Synthetic Drugs from Retail Locations

February 10, 2015
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Attorney General Jim Hood today asked nine oil companies to collaborate with their franchisees to help eliminate synthetic drugs from retail locations operating under their brand names, including gas station and convenience stores.

The use of synthetic drugs has increased dramatically over the past four years. In 2010, more than 11,000 people, many of whom were younger than 17, went to the emergency room after using synthetic marijuana. Since then, thousands more have been harmed by synthetic drugs. In 2014, one health department reported a 220% increase in emergency room visits due to the ingestion of synthetic marijuana. Over this same period, enforcement agencies confirmed more than 130 instances of branded gas stations having sold synthetic drugs.

In a letter co-sponsored by the Illinois and Florida attorneys general, and joined by 42 other attorneys general, Attorney General Hood expressed concern over the problem of gas stations and convenience stores operating under brand names of reputable oil companies and selling illegal and extremely dangerous synthetic drugs.

“Many of these well-known retail locations give the appearance of safety and legitimacy to dangerous synthetic products,” said Attorney General Hood. “Enforcing stronger policies against the sale of synthetic drugs in retail locations can protect the brand reputations of these oil companies while also protecting our youth.”

The attorneys general request the following actions be considered by these oil companies to address this growing problem:

Prohibit franchisees from selling any synthetic drugs;
Ensure this prohibition is understood by store franchisees and their employees by communicating directly with each of them;
Establish a point of contact in corporate offices for franchisees, should they have any questions about synthetic drugs;
Revoke franchisee/franchisor relationship with any gas station or convenience store that sells any kind of synthetic drugs; and
Report to local law enforcement authorities if any franchisee is selling synthetic drugs.
The following oil companies addressed in this letter are: British Petroleum, Chevron Corporation, Citgo Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Phillips 66, Shell Oil Company, Sunoco, and Valero Energy Corporation.

The other state and territorial attorneys general offices that signed today’s letter are: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Click here for a copy of the letter.


AG Announces Upcoming 9th Annual Community Shred Days

February 9, 2015
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Mississippi consumers will soon have an opportunity to take an important step in protecting themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.  The 9th annual Community Shred Days, which will be March 6-7, 2015, are being held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week.  This event provides a chance for consumers to shred their personal documents at no charge, a service provided courtesy of the Shred-It company.

The Community Shred Days will take place in six locations statewide.  Consumers may bring up to five large garbage bags or boxes of documents to be shredded.  Additionally, Magnolia Data Solutions will destroy computers and electronics (glass prohibited) at the Jackson and Vicksburg locations only.  This event is limited to consumer documents, computers, and electronics. Monitors and televisions will not be accepted. There is no limit on the equipment. No businesses please.

 

This year’s event will be held at the following locations:

 

Friday, March 6, 2015 (7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Jackson – Home Depot, I-55 North

Tupelo – Walmart, 3929 N. Gloster St.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015 ( 7:30 am. – 2:00 p.m.)

D’Iberville – Walmart, 3615 Sangani Blvd.

Hattiesburg – BancorpSouth, 100 Hardy St.

Meridian – 2400 Hwy 19 North

Vicksburg – 50 Halls Ferry Park Rd.

“Although identity theft is not a violent crime, it is widespread and serious,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “Taking steps to shield your personal information that would make it easy for a criminal to steal your identity such as social security numbers, account numbers, and pin numbers is critical.  We applaud Shred-It and our fellow sponsors for providing this opportunity to the public to be proactive in protecting their personal information.” 

Additional sponsors include:  BancorpSouth, Better Business Bureau, Brightview Federal Credit Union, Center for Justice, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, The Home Depot, The Leadership Council on Aging, Members Exchange, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Money Management International, Secretary of State’s Office, Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Trustmark Bank, Wal-Mart, and other Mississippi Consumer Partnership members.

For more information about the event, please visit www.agjimhood.com.

 


Tupelo Resident Going to Prison for Embezzlement

February 6, 2015
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A Tupelo resident has been sentenced for embezzling from a relative, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Louis Aldridge, age 67, of Tupelo was sentenced today by Judge James L. Roberts in Lee County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to three counts of embezzlement.  Judge Roberts sentenced Aldridge, on count one, to ten years in prison with four years suspended, six to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision.  The Court suspended a $25,000 fine and ordered that Aldridge pay $552,000 in restitution and also $100 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Program.  On counts two and three, Aldridge was sentenced to ten years suspended with those counts to run consecutively.

“We appreciate the very just sentence handed down by the learned Judge Roberts,” said Attorney General Hood.  “Full restitution with time to serve will insure this defendant pays due penance for this crime.”

The Attorney General’s investigation showed that Aldridge took money from the personal banking account of a relative without consent.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy and investigated by Ronnie Odom and Danny Welch of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.