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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...

Renova Man Faces Life in Prison for Armed Robbery

Ramon Wesley, 24, of Renova, has been arrested and charged with one count of Armed Robbery. Wesley turned himself in to the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department yesterday following an indictment by a Bolivar County Grand Jury. On August 4, 2014, Wesley allegedly robbed a Dollar General Store in Cleveland. Wesley was released late Wednesday on a $50,000 bond. If convicted, Wesley faces up to life behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The case is being investigated by Russell Frazier and will be prosecuted ...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...

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...

Mississippi law enforcement endorse Attorney General Jim Hood

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jonathan Compretta 601-397-6234 41 Mississippi sheriffs and district attorneys give nod to Hood   JACKSON, Miss. – Citing his experience, qualifications and job performance, 31 sheriffs and 10 district attorneys from across Mississippi have endorsed Attorney General Jim Hood in his 2015 re-election campaign. Collectively, the endorsements represent the largest number of sheriffs and prosecutors to support any one candidate in this year’s elections. “I am deeply humbled by the support and acknowledgment of these dedicated sheriffs and prosecutors,” said General Hood.  “Like them, my first priority is enforcing the law and protecting Mississippi families.  To ...Continue Reading...

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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...

AT&T Mobility Settlement

The Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office has received inquiries about checks received in the mail recently by 500,000 Mississippi consumers.  The checks are being sent following a 2011 settlement directed at taxes, fees and surcharges that AT&T placed on users.  AT&T admitted no wrongdoing in the 2011 settlement, but the company did agree to pay benefits to affected consumers.  Consumers were not required to take any action to receive the benefits. Because we frequently warn consumers about not cashing unsolicited checks, we want to make sure that consumers are aware of the possibility of receiving a ...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...

REMINDER: Consumers Should Remain Cautious of Email Scams

Employees of the Attorney General's Office have received emails claiming to be from PayPal.  These emails say that the employee "recently had a transaction declined," and requested that the employee update account information by following a link. The email has many telltale signs that it is fraudulent.  First, it creates a false sense of urgency by indicating a transaction has been declined.  Second, it contains grammatical errors, which indicate that the email was crafted by a foreign scam artist.  Third, it contains a link to a separate website, which in turn will ask for personal information.  These types of scams ...Continue Reading...