Former auction house owner sentenced

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Former auction house owner Jim Durham has been sentenced to serve six years in the custody of the Department of Corrections following his conviction earlier this month of writing worthless checks.

Durham, who, along with his father Don, owned and operated Durham Auctions in South Forrest County was convicted of four counts of fraud for writing checks to businesses and government entities totaling $230,000 dollars.

All of the checks bounced.

Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced Durham is three years on each count with the last two counts served in a restitution center and under post-release supervision.

He is also required to make full restitution.

Don Durham faces similar charges, but no trial date has been set.

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