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State Rep. Earle Banks receives probation on tax crime charge

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www.wjtv.com – Richard Lake – 2023-11-27 12:58:16

SUMMARY: Rep. Earle (D-District 67) received two years of probation and was ordered to pay $84,766.00 in restitution for a federal tax charge. In May 2023, Banks pled guilty to “willfully making a false material statement on a federal income tax return” as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. . He had received $582,000 through the sale of property his owned. Banks has been a member of the Mississippi House since 1993 and avoided a trial by pleading guilty. Richard's Disposal also filed a complaint over 's new RFP.

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Mississippi tax preparers sentenced for filing false tax returns

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www.wjtv.com – Sethanie Smith – 2024-02-23 12:15:56

SUMMARY: A group of tax return preparers in Mississippi were to prison for conspiring to file false tax returns for clients in . Adam Earnest received 100 months, James Klish 50 months, and John Wells 15 months in prison. They were also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution. Two other conspirators will be sentenced later. Prosecutors convicted Earnest, Klish, and Christopher Rendell of preparing false tax returns at Sunbelt Tax Service. They claimed inflated tax refunds by false information on clients' returns, resulting in over $3.5 million in tax loss to the IRS. The IRS Criminal Investigation conducted the case.

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Meridian man sentenced for four armed robberies across state

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www.wjtv.com – Kristopher White – 2024-02-23 12:00:12

SUMMARY: Matthew Byrd, a Meridian man, was to over 20 years in federal prison for committing four armed robberies at local businesses in Mississippi. The robberies occurred between April 20 and May 15 in Lauderdale County, Forest County, and . Byrd displayed a firearm during each robbery to intimidate the clerks and steal merchandise and cash. He pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm. The case was investigated by multiple enforcement agencies the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, East Mississippi Drug Task Force, Meridian Department, Clinton Police Department, Newton County Sheriff's Department, and the ATF.

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Mississippi might allow incarcerated people to sue prisons over transgender inmates

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www.wjtv.com – The Associated Press – 2024-02-23 11:03:46

SUMMARY: A bill in Mississippi would allow individuals to sue jails if they encounter transgender inmates in restrooms or changing . The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Gene Newman, aims to designate correctional facility spaces for use by one sex only. Although Mississippi already segregates facilities by sex, Newman introduced the bill in response to accommodations based on gender identity in other states. The legislation defines sex as a person's biological sex observed at birth and does not mention intersex individuals. The bill was partly written by the Alliance for Defending , a Christian firm. Newman's previous law banned gender-affirming care for minors.

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