Three arrested for car insurance fraud in Chickasaw County

Three people have been indicted and arrested in Chickasaw County for insurance fraud.
Attorney General Jim Hood said Robert Polk, 46, of Tupelo, was arrested following indictment by the Chickasaw Grand Jury on one count of fraudulent use of an insurance card. 

Polk is accused of presenting a fraudulent insurance card to the Chickasaw County Justice Court Clerk stating he had car insurance at the time he was cited for not having insurance.  Polk is accused of presenting a card belonging to another individual. If convicted, Polk faces up to five years in prison. […]

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Woman who stole from the elderly returned to Miss.

A woman who fled to Texas to avoid prosecution has been returned to Mississippi and now faces charges of exploitation for stealing from the elderly and the vulnerable.

Janice Mohorn-Caines, 52, previously of Brandon, arrived at the Rankin County Jail on March 12 after waiving extradition and being transported from Round Rock, Tex. She had been picked up there on outstanding Mississippi warrants on Monday, March 11. […]

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Wiggins man gets jail time for home repair fraud

A former Wiggins resident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for home repair fraud and false pretense in Harrison County.
Charles Lynn Reeder, 53, originally of Wiggins, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of felony false pretense and one count of home repair fraud before Judge John Gargiulo in Harrison County Circuit Court.  Reeder was sentenced to the maximum 10 year sentence on the false pretense charge and five years for the home repair fraud charge with three years suspended, meaning he will serve 12 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). 

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State and Toyota agree on $29 million settlement

Attorney General Jim Hood joined 29 other states in announcing a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation and its related North America entities over allegations Toyota concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration.
Toyota agreed to pay $29 million to settle consumer protection claims and has agreed to provide additional restitution and incentives to vehicle owners to promote compliance with unintended acceleration safety recalls. As a result of the settlement, Mississippi will receive $561,288.60 and Toyota will be restricted from advertising the safety of vehicles without sound engineering data to back such safety claims.
The states are alleging that Toyota engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it failed to timely disclose known safety defects with accelerator pedals. […]


Seller of bootleg DVDs gets 2 years in prison

A Meridian man has been sentenced to two years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) after pleading guilty to selling pirated DVDs.

Antwun Sharell Jones, 28, of Meridian pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Vernon R. Cotten in Neshoba County Circuit Court. Jones was arrested at a flea market near Philadelphia, Mississippi, after selling a bootleg copy of the movie “The Help” to an undercover investigator from the Attorney General’s Intellectual Property Theft Task Force.


Beer, light wine sales approved in Greene County

Voters in Greene County have approved the sale of beer and light wine.

Circuit Clerk Cecelia Bounds says the referendum was approved by 55 percent of voters.

The Free Greene County group pushed to have the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, collecting in excess of the 1,700 signatures needed to bring the measure to a vote. By law, 20 percent of the registered voters in the county had to sign the petition.


Analysis: Miss. GOP renewing charter school push

Gov. Phil Bryant and fellow Republicans who lead the Mississippi House and Senate say they have big plans to overhaul public education during the 2013 session.

However, their inability to enact a new charter schools law in 2012 shows it’s easy to talk about ambitious plans and difficult to round up enough votes to challenge the status quo.


Bryant says voter ID would combat election fraud

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show identification when they vote today even though it is not required by law.

Republican Bryant says he believes voter ID will help prevent election fraud. He also says if people show ID to buy cigarettes and alcohol they should have to show it before voting. […]