Category: AG News

Know the Facts Before Investing in Solar Energy Systems

In an effort to use alternative energy sources for cost-savings and environmental reasons, many consumers are reducing their energy usage and using more renewable energy by installing solar generating units on their homes and property. Photovoltaic systems ("PV system" or "solar system") supply energy through nature; therefore, the energy is free and abundant. Like many other industries, the growing popularity of solar has caused some unethical businesses to enter into the market. To lure customers into a lease, some of these unscrupulous solar companies often claim that consumers can potentially reduce costly electric bills by utilizing various federal, state and ...Continue Reading...

Make Cyberbullying a Household Discussion

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and I encourage Mississippi residents to openly communicate with their children about the reality and effects of bullying, which often occurs as cyberbullying via cell phones for kids. Cyberbullying is 24/7, and teens are often victims.  Studies show that what teens share on their phones affects their performance in school. Words really do hurt, and cyber bullies hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. Words said online versus in a face-to-face confrontation may escalate into isolation at school, truancy and even youth suicide. Cyberbullying is not an act to be taken lightly, and parents ...Continue Reading...

West Point Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

Marcus Wilburn Knight, 50, of West Point, is going to prison for child exploitation. Knight recently appeared before Clay County Circuit Court Judge Lee J. Howard and entered an open plea of guilty to one count of child exploitation. When a defendant enters an open plea, he/she refuses to accept the state's recommendation and instead throws himself on the mercy of the court. Judge Howard sentenced Knight to serve a term of five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with three years to serve followed by two years of suspension under the terms and conditions of ...Continue Reading...

Former Greenville Police Officer Arrested for Death of her Husband

Kvonya Moore, 41, of Greenville, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder for the death of her husband. Moore, a former officer with the Greenville Police Department, was arrested Tuesday by agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Moore is accused of shooting her husband in the head with her service weapon causing his death.  The incident happened at their home on May 2, 2015. Moore has been booked into the Washington County jail.  Her bond is set at $500,000. If convicted, Moore faces up to life in prison. As with all ...Continue Reading...

Pearl River County Man Faces Embezzlement Charges

Paul Bradley Holliday, 47, of Poplarville, MS, has been has been indicted by a Pearl River County Grand Jury on three counts of embezzlement. Holliday turned himself in to Pearl River County authorities Wednesday, October 7, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division. Holliday is alleged to have embezzled approximately $268,965.97, from 2006-2009, while employed with a construction company in Poplarville, MS.  He was subsequently indicted on three separate counts of embezzlement. If convicted of counts one and two, Holliday faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine on each count and up to ...Continue Reading...

Cybersecurity Guide for Businesses Big & Small

I continue to work with other states' Attorneys General to address the lack of cybersecurity and ensure consumers are protected in the wake of the data breaches. Since 2005, the United States has experienced more than 4,600 known data breaches, compromising nearly a billion records. The numbers continue to surge in 2015. In response to the increase in data breaches, I have compiled a Cybersecurity Guide that updates existing resources to address growing trends and responses in a single guide.  The Guide, which was developed with input from some of his fellow attorneys general, builds upon cybersecurity materials from the Federal Trade ...Continue Reading...

WARNING: Data Breach Reported by T-Mobile and Experian

WARNING: data breach reported by T-Mobile and Experian affecting at least 15 million users nationwide and at least 89,000 Mississippians. On September 15, 2015, Experian discovered that an unauthorized party accessed T-Mobile data housed in an Experian server that contained the personal information of more than 15 million T-Mobile users. Information that was breached includes customers' names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, identification numbers (typically a driver's license number, military ID, or passport number) and additional information used in T-Mobile's own credit assessment. According to Experian, the consumer credit database was not accessed in this incident and no payment ...Continue Reading...

ICAC Task Force Receives $292,281 Grant to Continue Combatting Crimes Against our Children

A total of $292,281 in federal funding has been awarded to the Mississippi Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force from the U.S. Department of Justice to support the development of strategies that protect children from commercial and sexual exploitation. My office formed the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force in 2007 assisted by the ICAC Continuation Grant which was issued by the Department of Justice. The task force is dedicated to proactive and reactive investigations, the forensic analyses of electronic evidence, prosecutions of technological crimes against children and the education of law enforcement and the public. The Mississippi ...Continue Reading...

Cleveland Former Collections Clerk Arrested and Served Demand Following Indictment for Embezzlement

Tiffany Watson, former Collections Clerk for the City of Cleveland Municipal Court, has been arrested and charged with one count of Embezzlement by a Public Employee. Special Agents from the State Auditor's Office arrested Watson, 26, of Cleveland, late Wednesday, following an indictment by a Bolivar County Grand Jury. Watson was also served a demand in the amount of $7,674.96 to be returned to the State of Mississippi. "My Office will continue to work to see that justice is served in this and all cases involving public monies," State Auditor Stacey Pickering said.  "I applaud the work that our investigators ...Continue Reading...

Letter to Phusion Projects Asking to Lower Alcohol Content in “Four Loko” Malt Beverages

Today, I joined Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and 15 other states in sending a letter to Phusion Projects, LLC and its officers (collectively, "Phusion") regarding the flavored malt beverage Four Loko and its high alcohol content. In March of 2014, a settlement joined by Attorney General Conway and 19 other attorneys general resolved allegations that Phusion marketed and sold Four Loko in violation of consumer protection and trade practice statutes by promoting the alcoholic beverage to minors.  Four Loko has been linked to multiple deaths in driving under the influence cases across the country in the last five years.  Earlier ...Continue Reading...