Natchez man pleads guilty to fraud

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A 46-year-old Natchez man has pleaded guilty to swindling several buyers out of money for headstones.

Mississippi Attorney General spokeswoman Jan Schaefer tells The Natchez Democrat ( ) Dwight Gibson entered an open plea of guilty to five counts of false pretense.

Gibson's sentencing is scheduled for May 1.

Gibson could face up to 10 years in prison for each count of false pretense.

He was indicted in November 2012 on five counts of false pretense involving five separate victims and gravestone purchases of approximately $6,500.

Prosecutors say Gibson contracted, under various monument business names, to make and install headstones, but then failed to deliver.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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