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State Hospital Employee Arrested for Fondling Resident

June 8, 2018 Kenneth Tanksley, 27, of Meridian, was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury on one felony count of fondling of a vulnerable person by an employee of a health care facility. A former employee of East Mississippi State hospital surrendered to authorities Friday morning after being indicted …

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Gulfport Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

A 32-year-old man was arrested at his Gulfport apartment Wednesday and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Scotty Peel was arrested after an investigation into his suspicious online activity and booked into the Harrison County Adult Correctional Facility. The …

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Columbus Resident Arrested on 2 Counts of Child Exploitation

A 25-year-old Columbus resident was arrested at her home Wednesday on two counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Jamie Tracey was arrested by AG Cybercrime investigators with assistance from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation into suspicious online activity. Jamie …

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Booneville Man Arrested on 3 Counts of Child Exploitation

Sean Jones, 35, of Booneville, was charged with three counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography A 35-year-old man was arrested at his Booneville home Monday on three counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Sean Jones was arrested after an …

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AG Hood Wants Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufacturers

Attorney General Jim Hood and a bipartisan group of 38 other attorneys general are calling on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for not identifying suspicious shipments of the drug that contribute to the overwhelming opioid epidemic in our country. The coalition sent a …

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Laurel Woman Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

A 35-year-old woman was arrested at her Laurel home Wednesday on one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Kristina Lee was arrested by the AG’s Cyber Crime Unit after an investigation into her suspicious online activity. She was booked into the Jones …

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Former Hattiesburg Candidate Pleads Guilty to Voting Outside of District

A Hattiesburg man who ran for an open state representative seat last year was sentenced Monday morning after pleading guilty to voting outside of his legal district, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Cory Ferraez, 28, was sentenced by Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman to six months in the …

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Holmes County Man Sentenced for Breaking into Dollar General

A 21-year-old man who broke into a Dollar General last year pleaded guilty to the crime and will spend two years in jail, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Marshall Howard, of Goodman, was sentenced Friday by Holmes County Circuit Court Judge Janie Lewis on one count of business burglary. He …

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Clinton Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

A 73-year-old man was arrested at his Clinton home Wednesday on one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Terry Baum was arrested by investigators in the AG’s Cyber Crime Unit after an investigation into his suspicious online activity. He was booked into …

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Brookhaven Man Sentenced on 3 Counts of Child Exploitation

A 57-year-old Brookhaven man will spend 10 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Danny Carlisle was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to all three counts before Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge David Strong. Carlisle was indicted in December on one count of …

AG Hood Alerts Consumers About Computer Scams
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AG Hood Alerts Consumers About Computer Scams

A pop-up alert on your computer that appears to be a technical support message could be an effort to steal your personal information, warned Attorney General Jim Hood. The Consumer Protection Division in the Attorney General’s Office has seen a recent increase in these types of scams, where tech support …

Father Pleads Guilty to Not Paying Child Support for 6 Years
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Father Pleads Guilty to Not Paying Child Support for 6 Years

A Hinds County father must pay back more than $16,000 to make up for failing to pay his daughter’s child support for six years, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd ordered 38-year-old Terrance Demon Burns to pay $16,340 in restitution after failing to pay …

AG Hood Alerts Consumers About Computer Scams
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AG Hood Alerts Consumers About Computer Scams

A pop-up alert on your computer that appears to be a technical support message could be an effort to steal your personal information, warned Attorney General Jim Hood. The Consumer Protection Division in the Attorney General’s Office has seen a recent increase in these types of scams, where tech support …

Jackson Man To Serve 20 Years For Shooting, Burglary
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Jackson Man To Serve 20 Years For Shooting, Burglary

A 36-year-old man was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a shooting and unrelated burglaries, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. “This is a man who was given a second chance and didn’t do right,” said General Hood. Maurice Humphrey, 36, was sentenced …

Corinth Man Arrested for Filing False Documents and Wire Fraud
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Corinth Man Arrested for Filing False Documents and Wire Fraud

A 38-year-old man from Corinth was arrested today for submitting false documents to the Mississippi Department of Human Services to halt his child support payments, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Jabari Toins was arrested by the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office following his indictment by an Alcorn County grand jury for …

Brandon Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography
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Brandon Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

A 44-year-old man was arrested at his Brandon home Thursday on one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Jerry Michael Farley, Jr. was arrested by investigators of the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit following an investigation of Farley’s suspicious online activity. He was booked into the Rankin County …

Former Hospital Employee Charged for Stealing from Patient
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Former Hospital Employee Charged for Stealing from Patient

A former employee at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson was arrested Wednesday for stealing money and banking information from a patient, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Shaniqua Kiera Jenkins, 27, of Jackson, was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control following an indictment by a Hinds County …

Man Sentenced for Failing to Pay Child Support for 6 Years
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Man Sentenced for Failing to Pay Child Support for 6 Years

An Alabama resident, whose  children live in Mississippi, was ordered Tuesday to pay back more than $30,000 of child support after pleading guilty to one count of non-support of a child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill ordered 49-year-old Mike Kimble Ragsdale Sr. to …

Woman Indicted for Stealing More than $20,000 from Father
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Woman Indicted for Stealing More than $20,000 from Father

A Pearl River County woman surrendered to police last week after being indicted for stealing more than $20,000 from her elderly father, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Amanda Miller, 40, of Taylorsville, was booked into the Pearl River County Detention Facility last Wednesday on one felony count of exploitation of …

Meridian Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography
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Meridian Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

A 20-year-old man was arrested at his Meridian home Monday on one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Christopher Edward Scrimpshire was arrested after an investigation of his online activity led the AG’s investigators to find photos of sexual child exploitation on a device in Scrimpshire’s possession. …

Stabbing Sends Man to Prison for 15 Years
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Stabbing Sends Man to Prison for 15 Years

Julian Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in the 2016 stabbing of a fellow resident at a mental health facility in Newton County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Newton County Circuit Court Judge Chris Collins sentenced the 29-year-old to 20 years with 15 of those years to …

Former Meridian Nursing Home Employee Arrested On 7 Count Indictment
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Former Meridian Nursing Home Employee Arrested On 7 Count Indictment

A former office manager at a Meridian nursing home faces 70 years in prison for allegedly stealing money from nursing home residents and the facility, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Christy Moulds, 39, surrendered to authorities Monday and was booked into the Lauderdale County jail on a seven count indictment. …

Shred Day Results Announced
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Shred Day Results Announced

More than 38,000 pounds of paper were shred in this year’s Community Shred Day events hosted by Attorney General Jim Hood’s Consumer Protection Division. Events were hosted last month in Jackson, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, and D’Iberville as an easy and free way for consumers to safely get rid of sensitive paper …

West Point Police Officer Arrested for Embezzlement
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West Point Police Officer Arrested for Embezzlement

West Point police officer Shaun T. Keller surrendered to authorities Thursday after being indicted for stealing nearly $4,000 from his own police department, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. West Point police officer Shaun T. Keller surrendered to authorities Thursday after being indicted for stealing nearly $4,000 from his own police …

Crime Victims, Advocates Awarded at Annual Ceremony
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Crime Victims, Advocates Awarded at Annual Ceremony

As the nation prepares to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week beginning April 8, Attorney General Jim Hood was joined by other victims’ rights leaders Thursday in presenting three awards honoring Mississippi crime victims and those who are advocates for victims in our state. The awards were presented at the …

Man Charged with 2 Counts of Child Exploitation
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Man Charged with 2 Counts of Child Exploitation

  Gregory Howard Hepburn, 31, was arrested following an investigation into his suspicious online activity. He was booked into the Forrest County Detention Center. A Hattiesburg man was arrested at his home Wednesday and charged with two counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim …

Hattiesburg Man Charged with 3 Counts of Child Exploitation
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Hattiesburg Man Charged with 3 Counts of Child Exploitation

Quandom Benn was arrested at his home following an investigation into his suspicious online activity. Numerous electronic devices were seized. A 35-year-old man from Hattiesburg was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of child exploitation for possession of child pornography, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Quandom Benn was arrested …

Pine Belt Businessman Headed to Prison for Bad Check
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Pine Belt Businessman Headed to Prison for Bad Check

A man from Laurel will spend the next two years behind bars for passing a bad check for heating and air conditioning equipment for his Heidelberg business, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Kenny Franklin Edmonson, 65, was found guilty Monday by a Jasper County jury and sentenced by Jasper County …

Jackson Man Headed to Prison for Contraband
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Jackson Man Headed to Prison for Contraband

Terrance Lorenzo Paige, 23, of Jackson, will spend three years in prison after he pleaded guilty for possessing a homemade knife- also known as a shank- while he was being held at the Jackson Detention Center on unrelated charges. A Hinds County judge sentenced 23-year-old Terrance Lorenzo Paige to three …

Lowndes County Man Gets 40 Years for Identity Theft, Selling Meth
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Lowndes County Man Gets 40 Years for Identity Theft, Selling Meth

A Chickasaw County judge sentenced 38-year-old Kenneth Lamar Blakeney to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one felony count of identity theft, four felony counts of fraudulent use of identity, and one count of the sale of methamphetamine, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Blakeney, a Columbus native, …

AG Statement on 2018 Legislative Session
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AG Statement on 2018 Legislative Session

Attorney General Jim Hood released the following statement at the close of the 2018 legislative session: “Unfortunately for the taxpayers of Mississippi, the Senate leadership was bought and paid for this legislative session by giant corporations with little interest in the well-being of our citizens. As an example, campaign finance …

AG Statement on 2018 Legislative Session
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AG Statement on 2018 Legislative Session

Attorney General Jim Hood released the following statement at the close of the 2018 legislative session: “Unfortunately for the taxpayers of Mississippi, the Senate leadership was bought and paid for this legislative session by giant corporations with little interest in the well-being of our citizens. As an example, campaign finance …

Jackson Man to Spend 15 Years in Prison for Manslaughter, Burglary
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Jackson Man to Spend 15 Years in Prison for Manslaughter, Burglary

A Hinds County judge sentenced 23-year-old Jaylon Spires to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder and burglary of two Jackson residents, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Spires entered a guilty plea Monday and was sentenced by Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd  to …

AG Asks Congress to Improve States’ Ability to Combat Abuse, Neglect of Medicaid Patients
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AG Asks Congress to Improve States’ Ability to Combat Abuse, Neglect of Medicaid Patients

Attorney General Jim Hood, along with a bipartisan group of 48 other attorneys general, has asked Congress to ease federal restrictions that limit states’ ability to investigate and prosecute the abuse and neglect of Medicaid beneficiaries. The attorneys general sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and …

AG Hood Investigating Facebook’s User Privacy Practices
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AG Hood Investigating Facebook’s User Privacy Practices

AG announces investigation of Facebook’s practices to determine if the business violated the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act following Facebook’s release of users information to Professor Aleksandr Kogan- at the University of Cambridge- who downloaded his app, thisisyourdigitallife. Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to Facebook, Inc. last week putting …

AG Hood Investigating Facebook’s User Privacy Practices
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AG Hood Investigating Facebook’s User Privacy Practices

AG announces investigation of Facebook’s practices to determine if the business violated the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act following Facebook’s release of users information to Professor Aleksandr Kogan- at the University of Cambridge- who downloaded his app, thisisyourdigitallife. Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to Facebook, Inc. last week putting …

Former Rehab Center Employee Confesses to Obtaining Controlled Substance
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Former Rehab Center Employee Confesses to Obtaining Controlled Substance

A former employee of a Pine Belt rehab facility is headed to prison after pleading guilty to obtaining Hydrocodone from the workplace. Jason Matthew Dye, 39, of Hattiesburg, entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court to one felony count obtaining a Schedule II controlled substance by larceny …

AG Hood Warns Congress Against Changing Data Breach Notifications
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AG Hood Warns Congress Against Changing Data Breach Notifications

Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to Congress Monday along with 31 other attorneys general voicing opposition to parts of a pending bill that would decrease and delay when a breached entity should notify consumers of that breach and that their personal information has been compromised. The Data Acquisition …

AG Hood Warns Congress Against Changing Data Breach Notifications
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AG Hood Warns Congress Against Changing Data Breach Notifications

Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to Congress Monday along with 31 other attorneys general voicing opposition to parts of a pending bill that would decrease and delay when a breached entity should notify consumers of that breach and that their personal information has been compromised. The Data Acquisition …