Two Jackson women have been sentenced for their roles involving the fraudulent use of a debit card, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
In Hinds County Circuit Court Tuesday, Judge Tommie Green sentenced Ashley Pollard, 27, and Vergie Mitchell, 27, both of Jackson, for the fraudulent use of a debit card belonging to an elderly resident of Raymond. The card had reportedly been found in the parking lot of a local business. The two defendants pleaded guilty and admitted to running up charges on the card in the amount of $930.17, over the course of several days.
Judge Green sentenced Ashley Pollard to serve five years in the custody of MDOC with three years suspended and two years to serve, to be followed by five years of post-release supervision. Judge Green sentenced Vergie Mitchell to five years in the custody of MDOC with all of the five years suspended. Judge Green had ordered a pre-sentence investigation prior to today's sentencing and had determined that Pollard was the leader in the crime and that Mitchell's role was more that of a follower.
"We are glad the ringleader in this case will have time behind bars to consider her crime," said Attorney General Hood. "The other defendant will have to walk a straight line or face joining her cohort in prison."
The case was investigated by Arthur Kendrick of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Officer Brent Gibbs of the Raymond Police Department contributed significantly to the investigation and apprehension of the defendants. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Pat McNamara.
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