Hinds County Resident Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

August 20, 2014

A Hinds County man is going to prison for 20 years for exploitation of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Gregory Wayne Colburn, 52, of Jackson, was sentenced Tuesday by Rankin County Circuit Court Judge William Chapman on two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person. Colburn was convicted by a Rankin County Trial Jury on July 23, 2014. Sentencing was delayed until Tuesday. 

Colburn was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each count with count two to run consecutive to count one, for a total of 20 years behind bars. He was ordered to pay $157,581.21 in restitution and $1,031.57 in court costs.

After Colburn was named Power of Attorney over the affairs of an elderly woman, the Attorney General’s investigation showed that Colburn enticed the victim to transfer large sums of money from her bank account to a joint bank account owned by both parties. Using the money from the joint account, Colburn purchased a $75,000 Certificate of Deposit then used the CD as collateral to purchase a tour bus for the Men of Music, a traveling religious singing group with which he was associated.  Colburn then transferred additional money from the joint bank account to an account owned solely by himself.

“We appreciate Judge Chapman for sentencing this defendant to the maximum time to serve for this crime,” said Attorney General Hood.

The case was investigated by Russell Frasier of the Attorney General’s Vulnerable Adults Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Larry Baker and Jim Giddy.

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