Fraud

Beware! Stimulus checks attract the scammers

Now that federal stimulus checks are beginning to arrive in bank accounts or mailboxes, the Biloxi Police Department is reminding residents to beware of scams. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing on the city's daily Be Prepared video, said police…

Fraud schemes widespread during COVID-19 emergency

JACKSON, Miss. – Fraud schemes become more common, according to State Auditor Shad White, during emergencies. To help combat that fraud, the Office of the State Auditor today released information on the best authorities to contact if Mississippians see a fraud…

Consequences of tax fraud

It will cost you more than a guilty conscience if you’re misleading on your tax return. News 25’s Victoria Bailey spent the day with a certified tax preparer to find out just what that means. "They're just waiting on you…

2 men accused of gluing winning numbers onto lotto ticket

By Associated Press FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it. News outlets report 47-year-old Odis Latham and…

Biloxi police warn about fraud attempt

Biloxi police are warning residents of an attempted fraud scheme involving people posed as Biloxi police officers attempting to collect ‘unpaid fines.’ In a public service announcement released this afternoon, police stated ‘individuals contacted citizens stating they were officers from…

Auditors Arrest Harrison County Assistant Tax Collector

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Harrison County Assistant Tax Collector Denise Gill after she was indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government by a grand jury assembled…

Woman faces embezzlement charges for rigging slots

A former Silver Slipper employee is facing felony embezzlement charges for rigging slot machines and taking money from fake jackpots. The casino has filed a lawsuit against 28-year-old Geovoni Reese after firing her in 2017. The civil suit in Hancock…

Arrested for fraud in Bay St. Louis

Two people were arrested after a complaint of fraudulent checks and transactions in Bay St. Louis. Thirty-one year-old Eric Ersan Yurttas and 66-year-old Enimia Charlotta Pohl both of Pass Christian were charged with one count of felony false pretense. Yurttas…

Card shimming could be the new card skimming

You’ve probably heard of ‘skimming’ where thieves use a small device to steal credit card information from a credit or debit card transaction. Now, officials are warning the public to look out for ‘shimming.’ It’s very similar to skimming, but…

How to check for card skimmers at gas stations

Biloxi police found credit card skimmers at the Love's gas station on Cedar Lake Road on Monday. An employee was doing a routine maintenance check on the pumps and found the skimming devices on two separate pumps. Biloxi police believe…

Man sentenced for credit card skimming device

An illegal alien from Brazil is sentenced to 39 months in federal prison for fraud in connection with a credit card skimming device found on a Gulfport ATM. Back in December 2017, officers stopped 31-year-old Claudio Ferreira and two co-defendants…

Gulf Coast Insurance fraud

Four homeowners with Gulf Coast Insurance in Jackson County have been victims of home insurance fraud. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the complaints. No charges have been filed, but the department advised the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and…

Card skimmers reported at Harrison County gas stations

Last week, Jackson County officials warned the community about credit card skimmers after finding one at a local gas station. Now, Harrison County residents are reporting they are also victims of the devices. One woman says her husband received a…

Federal judge orders Coast doctor to remain in jail

A doctor from the Gulf Coast is facing several charges of fraud and will remain behind bars until his sentencing hearing on May 22nd. Seventy-eight year-old Dr. Albert Diaz could be sentenced to eight to ten years in prison on…

Found guilty for pharmacy fraud scheme

A Biloxi physician has been found guilty by a federal jury for taking part in a near three million dollar pharmacy fraud scheme. Seventy-eight year-old Albert Diaz, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Ocean Springs, has been convicted of one count…

Former Pascagoula star sentenced to prison

A former Pascagoula and University of Florida quarterback was sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in a $20 million healthcare fraud conspiracy orchestrated by a former Gator teammate. Shane Matthews, who played 14 years in the NFL,…

Police need help identifying fraud suspect

Biloxi police need help identifying a person suspected of credit card fraud. Surveillance camera photos were taken from the Winn-Dixie on Pass Road where police say the suspect used a credit card without the victim’s knowledge or permission. The transaction…

Local doctor indicted on 16 counts related to fraud scheme

A Biloxi physician is now facing charges for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud health care benefit program Tricare. Albert Diaz of Ocean Springs was charged Wednesday in a 16 count indictment in the southern district of…

Doctor indicted on 17 counts of fraud in Cleveland, MS

A Mississippi Delta ophthalmologist is being charged with defrauding the state-federal Medicaid program. Dr. Harold Peltan, a 50-year-old Cleveland resident, was indicted on 17 counts on fraud Tuesday in Bolivar County. Attorney General Jim Hood says Peltan turned in fake…