Category: AG News

Warning of a Recent Phone Scam

WARNING: a phone scam that challenges even the savviest consumer. Scammers realize that consumers are much wiser and more likely to reject calls from unfamiliar numbers. They use caller ID spoofing technology to impersonate a known or trusted phone number to trick potential victims into answering the phone. Here is how the scam works. The phone rings, and we recognize the number on the Caller ID. The caller id shows that it is a local business, a neighbor down the street, or even the consumer's own name and number. Because the number is known or familiar, the consumer answers the phone. ...Continue Reading...

EDMC to Change Practices & Forgive Loans through Agreement

For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $1,229,321 in loans for approximately 1,358 Mississippi former students, through an agreement with Attorney General Hood and a group of state attorneys general. EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University. The agreement with attorneys general in 39 states plus the District of Columbia, through a lawsuit filed in Hinds County Chancery Clerk, First Judicial District, mandates added disclosures to ...Continue Reading...

Adams County Woman Going to Prison for Exploitation of Vulnerable Person

Evelyn Whatley, 59, of Natchez, has been sentenced after she admitted to taking $43,980 from a vulnerable woman in her care. Whatley appeared before Judge Forrest A. Johnson in Adams County Circuit Court on Monday and plead guilty to one count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. Judge Johnson sentenced Whatley to six years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five years suspended with one year to serve and five years of post-release supervision. She was also ordered to pay the full restitution of $43,980 to the victim. At the time crimes were committed, Whatley was hired to ...Continue Reading...

Meridian Direct Care Worker of State Hospital Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Vulnerable Person

LaCarlos Presswood, 35, of Meridian, has been arrested for sexual battery of a vulnerable person while employed as a Direct Care Worker of a state hospital. Presswood turned himself in to Investigators of the Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today following an indictment by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury for one count of sexual battery of a vulnerable person. The indictment alleges Presswood "willfully, unlawfully and feloniously engaged in sexual penetration with a vulnerable adult, as defined in §43-47-5 (q), of the Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated, as amended, while being an employee of the health care facility ...Continue Reading...

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds $30,110,618 Ruling Against Sandoz, Inc. for Common-Law Fraud and Violations of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act

The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld a $30,110,618 ruling against generic pharmaceutical provider, Sandoz, Inc. and affirmed that the company committed common-law fraud against the State of Mississippi and violated the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act. This is a significant victory for the tax payers of Mississippi who were cheated by Sandoz, Inc. of more than $23 million dollars when the company lied about its prices and defrauded the state. The Attorney General's Office filed suit against Sandoz, Inc. after discovering that from 1991 to 1999 the company reported over-inflated fictitious "Average Wholesale Prices" (AWPs) to the national data service used by ...Continue Reading...

Hinds County Resident Going to Prison for Child Pornography

Cameron Travelstead, 25, of Jackson, is going to prison after his conviction in a child pornography case. Travelstead was sentenced Thursday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weil, Jr. on one count of possession of child pornography. Travelstead was convicted by a Hinds County Jury on October 16, 2015, following a week-long trial. Judge Weil sentenced Travelstead to 20 years with 12 years to serve and five years of post-release supervision. He must also register as a sex offender upon release. Travelstead will not be released until October 2027. Travelstead was arrested following a joint investigation involving the Attorney General's ...Continue Reading...

Local Oxford and Picayune Restaurants and Bars Receive Six Total Citations for Selling Alcohol to Minors

Investigators with the Mississippi Attorney General's Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division recently conducted alcohol and beer compliance checks in Oxford and Picayune resulting in the issuance of six total citations for selling alcohol to minors. In Oxford on October 23, the following businesses received citations when checked for compliance on selling alcohol to minors: Frank & Marlees                      1210 Harrison Avenue            2 VIOLATIONS Rib Cage of Oxford                311 South Lamar Boulevard    VIOLATION    2nd Offense w/in a year ...Continue Reading...

Former Greenwood Police Officer Faces Child Exploitation Charges

A former Greenwood Police Officer is facing multiple charges relating to child exploitation. Christopher Earl McDonald, age 36, of Carroll County, is charged in a nine count indictment after an investigation by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office with assistance from the Greenwood Police Department. McDonald was indicted by a Carroll County Grand Jury on three counts of enticing a child to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct; three counts of enticing a child to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct; and three counts of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust or ...Continue Reading...

Booneville Nurse Aid Charged for Felony Exploitation of a Vulnerable Person and Illegally Obtaining Patient’s Drugs

Charlotte Godsey, 39, of Booneville, turned herself in to the Prentiss County Sheriff's Office Tuesday and faces charges for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person and alleged possession of a controlled substance. The charges allege that Godsey, while employed as a nurse's aid at the Booneville Assisted Living Facility, obtained more than $250 from a resident without authorization and converted it to her own personal use. Godsey is also accused of illegally obtaining Oxycotin and Hydrocodone, both schedule two controlled substances, that were prescribed to and purchased for two patients of the facility. Following her arrest, Godsey was allowed to ...Continue Reading...

Hinds County Resident Convicted for Child Pornography

Cameron Travelstead, 25, of Jackson, is facing up to 40 years in prison after his conviction in a child pornography case.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weil, Jr. recently set Travelstead’s sentencing for October 29, 2015. A Hinds County Jury convicted Travelstead of one count of possession of child pornography.  The five day trial was presided over by Judge Weil.  The case stemmed from a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office (an affiliate of the task force), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The investigation revealed that Travelstead ...Continue Reading...