Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mississippi Conspirators To Plead Guilty In Non-Profit Embezzlement/Kickbak Scheme

From the Sun Herald on 2/10/2015:

The last two of three people accused of embezzling money from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Action Agency in Gulfport have informed the court of their intent to plead guilty.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) the attorneys for Linda Harvey-Irvin, the agency's former director, and Markuntala Croom, a contractor from Columbia, filed the motions Monday in U.S. District Court. They, along with contractor Donald Walton of Vicksburg, have a plea date of Feb. 19.

Harvey-Irvin, Walton, and Croom are accused in the indictment of federal program fraud and other charges.

Harvey-Irvin is accused of accepting over $91,000 in kickbacks from Croom, while Croom received about $660,000 for fictitious work as a contractor. Harvey-Irvin is also accused of accepting $31,000 in kickbacks from Walton in exchange for $365,000 in contracts.

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