HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Forrest County jury deliberated less than 2 hours this afternoon before finding Jim Durham guilty of fraud involving worthless checks totaling $230,000. Durham was found guilty of writing 4 bad checks to various business and government entities, including Warren County.
Durham and his father, Don, owned and operated Durham Auctions near Brooklyn. The auction house would conduct public auctions on the sale of equipment and merchandise, then supposedly put the proceeds in escrow.
Money would then be sent to the seller, minus a commission.
In these 4 instances, there was no money in the escrow account to cover the checks.
In closing arguments today, defense attorneys said it was not a crime for someone to run out of money and go broke.
The prosecution countered by saying Durham robbed Peter to pay Paul.
Following the guilty verdict, Durham was taken into custody by Forrest County deputies.
He will be sentenced april 12th.