Category: AG News

Cleveland Police Officer Faces Charges for Extortion

Melvin Sparks, 46, of Cleveland, has been arrested and charged with one count of Extortion by a public official. Sparks turned himself in to the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office yesterday following an indictment by a Bolivar County Grand Jury. The indictment alleges that Sparks, while on duty, accepted money from a citizen on the pretense of “fixing” a ticket. Sparks was released late Wednesday on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Sparks faces up to five years behind bars, removal from office and a $5,000 fine.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable ...Continue Reading...

Washington County Store Owner Arrested for Sale of a Controlled Substance

Mohamed Anagi Mohamed, 44, of Greenville, is charged with the sale of a schedule III controlled substance following a search warrant executed on his business, the Hakims Mini Mart. During a joint investigation by the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Criminal Interdiction Unit of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Greenville Police Department, agents executed  a search warrant  on Mohamed's business, the Hakims Mini Mart.  Agents seized about ten pounds of what appeared to be an illegal stimulant known as "Khat" at both the store and Mohamed's home. Khat is popular in Somalia, Ethiopia ...Continue Reading...

Pontotoc County Resident Arrested on Charges of Counterfeit Goods

Henry Davis, 49, of Bruce, has been arrested by agents of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.  He's charged with possession of counterfeit goods with the intent to sell. Davis was recently arrested following a joint investigation involving the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division and the Pontotoc Police Department. A tip from a concerned citizen led authorities to Davis.  During the investigation, it was discovered that he was allegedly selling counterfeit textile goods within the city limits of Pontotoc. Several different types of counterfeit goods, including NFL hats, jerseys, purses and wallets were also seized during his arrest. If convicted, ...Continue Reading...

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015

I have joined 37 attorneys general and the District of Columbia today in sending a letter to the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (S. 524/HR 953) as they continue to address the epidemic of heroin and opioid-based painkiller abuse and the devastating effect addiction has on public health and safety in the communities. We know that addiction is a treatable disease, but we also know that only about 10 percent of those who need treatment are receiving it. While heroin ...Continue Reading...

Clarksdale Caregiver Charged with Assaulting and Threatening Elderly Woman

Caralee Ann Unruh, 51, of Clarksdale, has been arrested and charged with one felony count of simple assault of a person over the age of 65. Investigator Norman Young of the Mississippi Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Unruh at her home today with assistance from the Clarksdale Police Department.  Unruh is accused of striking an elderly woman in her care and threatening her with physical violence. Unruh was booked into the Coahoma County Jail.  Coahoma County Justice Court Judge Jesse Burton set her bond at $2,500.  If convicted, Unruh faces up to five years behind bars.  As with ...Continue Reading...

Indianola Resident Faces Embezzlement Charges

Bobbie Fleming, 66, of Indianola, has been indicted by the Sunflower County Grand Jury on two counts of embezzlement. Fleming turned herself into Sunflower County authorities Thursday, September 17, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Fleming owned an unlicensed care facility in Inverness, Mississippi.  The investigation revealed that Fleming allegedly embezzled $5,342.11 from one resident, and $1,143.38 from a different resident.  Both victims were residents of the same care facility. If convicted, Fleming faces up to five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine on one count and 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 ...Continue Reading...

13 Citations in Oxford for Selling Alcohol to Minors

The Mississippi Attorney General's Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Division in conjunction with the Oxford Police Department conducted alcohol and beer compliance checks in Oxford resulting in the issuance of 13 citations for selling alcohol to minors. The safety of our young people is at the heart of this law.  It states very simply that it is illegal in Mississippi to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. College is an exciting and very important part of life, and we have a responsibility to help young people have as safe of an environment as possible.  I want our young people ...Continue Reading...

Domestic Violence Reduction Efforts Yield Dramatic Drop in Mississippi’s Domestic Homicide Rate

The hard work on the front-lines to reduce Domestic Violence has paid off with remarkable results.  Since formation of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office Domestic Violence Unit seven years ago, Mississippi has dropped from fifth highest in the nation to 34th in the number of females murdered by men, according to numbers published this month by the Violence Policy Center in its annual report, When Men Murder Women. I am so proud of the women and men who strive to prevent violence before it can happen and put their hearts and souls into protecting our citizens. This is the best ...Continue Reading...

Clinton Man Charged with Exploitation of a Child

Terrence Williams, 32, of Clinton, has been arrested for exploitation of a child. Williams has been arrested by investigators with the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Madison Police Department. He is charged with two counts of exploitation of a child. Williams is accused of attempting to have sex with a 14-year-old and allegedly asked the child to send a nude photo to him. Williams was booked into the Madison Police Department jail. Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks set his bond at $500,000 per charge for a total of $1,000,000. If ...Continue Reading...

Harrisville Man Going to Prison for Child Exploitation

Thomas Eubanks, 22, of Harrisville, is going to prison for child exploitation. Eubanks appeared before Simpson County Circuit Court Judge Eddie Bowen Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of child exploitation. Judge Bowen sentenced Eubanks to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 15 years to serve followed by 25 years of post-release supervision. Eubanks was ordered to pay $1,000 to the crime victim's compensation fund and a $1,000 assessment to the children's trust fund.  He must also register as a sex offender upon his release from imprisonment. Thiss investigation revealed that Eubanks was ...Continue Reading...