Jackson TN April 21 2013 Police have arrested a South Gibson County High School teacher in connection with a child sex abuse investigation involving a 17-year-old female, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
The release said police filed charges Friday on Kendall Bell, 25, of Jackson, for two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure. Bell will have a bond set Saturday morning and will be formally arraigned on charges at 8 a.m. Monday in Jackson City Court.
According to the school’s Web site, Bell is a inclusive educational specialist, the head boys’ soccer coach and an assistant football coach.
Around 10:15 a.m. Friday, officers and investigators executed a search warrant at Bell’s apartment at Camellia Trace Apartments, located at 100 Trace Drive, to look for evidence, the release said. Bell, who was at home when police executed the warrant, was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail. Investigators gathered evidence from the apartment.
The release said on April 10, Jackson police was contacted by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services regarding a child sex abuse complaint. The investigation revealed that on Feb. 15, the Medina teen traveled to Bell’s apartment at Camellia Trace in Jackson. While inside his apartment, Bell had sexual contact with the minor and he fondled her.
On March 22, the teen again traveled to Jackson to see Bell. He then had sexual contact with her while driving his truck.
The release said on the dates of the offenses, Bell was a teacher at a South Gibson County High School, located at 1000 Hornet Drive in Medina, where the girl was a student.
Former Jackson Attorney Clay McCormack Indicted for Bank Fraud, Making False Statements www.privateofficer.com
The indictment alleges that as early as October 2007, McCormack entered into a criminal conspiracy with James Lee Bishop, a local real estate investor. Bishop would recruit individuals or limited liability companies to purchase real property for the purpose of investment. While acting as the closing attorney for Teel, McCormack, and Maroney, a law firm in Jackson, Tennessee, McCormack would indicate on the HUD-1 reporting documentation that certain lenders were paid off via check as a result of the closing. He would then void those checks, or have others void the checks, within days and then reissue the checks to Bishop.
This money was then used by Bishop to provide the funds at closing on behalf of the borrowers; and the paperwork would fraudulently reflect that the funds had actually been provided by the borrowers. McCormack would provide a letter to the new lender indicating that they were in first lien position on the property.
Counts one and two of the indictment allege that McCormack’s scheme defrauded Community Bank, 3200 North Highland Ave. in Jackson, Tennessee, and FirstSouth Bank, 1862 Hwy. 45 Bypass in Jackson, Tennessee. Counts three and four allege that he created false documentation and submitted it to the banks in furtherance of his crime.
McCormack faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each of the two bank fraud counts; and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the two counts of making false statements. The government is also seeking a criminal forfeiture money judgment of $3,832,366.88, representing the amount involved in the two bank fraud charges.
This case was investigated by the FBI Memphis, Jackson Resident Agency, and by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Henry on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
JACKSON, MS Feb 19 2013
The hunt is over for the teenager wanted in connection with the murder of an elderly south Jackson woman.
Officer Colendula Green with Jackson Police Department said 17-year-old Kahlil Kennedy, of Jackson, was taken into custody Sunday morning. He is accused of the murder of 80-year-old Janie Fullilove.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said Fullilove was shot twice, once in the back of the head and once in the abdomen. She was also struck in the head.
Green said the widow was found in the shed behind her Merigold Drive home Saturday evening some time after five o’clock. Fullilove’s silver 2010 Volvo was also missing.
Investigators were able to determine that Kennedy was last seen driving the vehicle.
“This morning we recovered the 2010 stolen Volvo that was at this residence and also Kahlil Kennedy was arrested for capital murder and auto theft,” confirmed Green.
Neighbors say Fullilove was a kind woman, always looking out for the needs of others.
“She was just very neighborly, very kind, always looking out for the neighbors. She gave me a little puppy about two weeks ago. Well, one of the neighbors was moving and so she wanted to make sure this little dog had a nice home,” recalls Stephany Brown.
According to police, Fullilove’s vehicle was found Sunday morning at the Westwick Apartments on Flag Chapel Road. Kennedy is believed to have a prior juvenile record.
Source: Mississippi News Now
President of Bogus Foreclosure Rescue Company Involved in Mortgage Fraud Pleads Guilty www.privateofficer.com
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NEWARK, NJ Feb 15 2013—An Ocean County man today admitted his role in a mortgage loan fraud scheme that succeeded in obtaining $4.4 million in mortgage loans while masquerading as a foreclosure rescue operation based in Holmdel, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Vito C. Grippo, 58, of Jackson, New Jersey, the president of Morgan Financial Equity Shares and Vanick Holdings, LLC, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of filing a false tax return for the years 2006 and 2007, and one count of aiding and procuring the filing of a false tax return for the year 2008.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Between January 2008 and February 2010, Vito Grippo held Morgan Financial out to the public as a company that could help homeowners who faced foreclosure on their homes through something Grippo called the Equity Share Program. As described by Grippo and his associates, the Equity Share Program involved creating a limited liability company (LLC) in the name of the homeowner’s house, in which the homeowner would supposedly own a 90 percent interest, with the rest to be owned by one or two private investors.
In reality, the so-called investors invested nothing and were instead straw buyers recruited by Vito Grippo or his son, Frederick “Freddie” Grippo, because they had good credit. The Grippos and their associates then applied for mortgages in the names of the “investors” for the purchase of the properties owned by the homeowners in distress. Freddie Grippo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud before Judge McNulty on November 28, 2013.
A homeowner in distress would come to a closing in Vito Grippo’s office in Holmdel and be given a stack of documents to sign to prevent foreclosure. The homeowners frequently did not understand that they would be transferring title to their homes to the “investor.”
The so-called investor was in reality a straw buyer of the homeowner’s house. The new mortgage loan applications filled out by the Grippos or their associates in the name of one of the investors contained materially false information about the loan applicant’s monthly income, his assets and whether the residence to be bought would be applicant’s primary residence.
Once the new loan application was filled out, it would be submitted to Worldwide Financial Resources for processing where Freddie Grippo, a loan officer at Worldwide, would see to it that the loan was approved. Once the loan was approved and the loan money was wired to the settlement agent for a given transaction, Vito Grippo would direct the settlement agent to forward a portion of those loan proceeds to bank accounts that Vito Grippo controlled.
Properties that lost money through the Equity Share Program were found throughout the metropolitan area, including homes in Rutherford and Monroe, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York.
For the year 2006, Vito Grippo did not report $289,780 in gross income from the activities of Vanick Holdings LLC. For the year 2007, he did not report $213,261; and for the year 2008, he did not report $1,366,261.
The conspiracy charge to which Vito Grippo pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Each of the three tax charges to which Vito Grippo pleaded carries a maximum penalty of three years and a maximum fine of $100,000. Sentencing is scheduled for May 29, 2013.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents from the FBI’s Red Bank Resident Agency, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez in Newark; special agents from IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen; and postal inspectors in the Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Maria Kelokates, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bohdan Vitvitsky of the U.S. Attorney’s Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Patrick N. McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark.
SIKESTON, MO March 25 2012 – A Sikeston junior high teacher was arrested on several charges of sexual misconduct and enticement of child involving a student.
Andrew J. Delles, 28, of Jackson is charged with three counts of enticement of a child (unclassified felony) and three counts of sexual misconduct involving a child (class D felony).
Delles is accused of sending explicit photographs to the victim and inappropriate touching of a 14-year-old female student.
He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Sikeston R-6 School District told the Sikeston Department of Public Safety Thursday they were investigating allegations of inappropriate electronic communications between Delles and one of his female students.
Delles was found traveling in his vehicle around 3 p.m. March 23 and was arrested near US 61 and HH Hwy.
Delles’ bond is set at $25,000 cash or surety.