Southwest Mississippi Man Arrested for Attempting False Pretense

September 11, 2017

Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of 45-year-old John M. Chance, Jr. on one charge of attempting to commit false pretense.

Chance, of Brookhaven, turned himself in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Friday. He was indicted last month by an Adams County Grand Jury for attempting to obtain the release of an insurance policy assignment by presenting false release forms to the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District, which is based in Natchez. The indictment states Chance delivered those forms seeking to obtain funds in an amount greater than $500 on insurance policies written by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company but that the scheme failed when the Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District determined that the release of assignment forms being presented by Chance were fraudulent.

If convicted, Chance faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. His bond was set at $5,000, and an arraignment was scheduled for September 21 at 1:30 p.m. A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Michael Stevens with the Attorney General’s Insurance Integrity Enforcement Bureau and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert “Bob” Anderson with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.

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