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State authorities arrest two people on credit card fraud charges

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JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - (The following is a press release from the Mississippi Attorney General's office.)

Jackson, MS—Two Mississippi residents have been arrested for credit card fraud and related crimes, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Octaish Clay, 24, of Wesson and Michael Wade, 23, of Hazlehurst, were arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following indictment by the Lincoln County Grand Jury.  Clay was indicted on four counts of credit card fraud, one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery. Wade was indicted on one count of uttering a forgery and two counts of conspiracy to utter a forgery.

At the time the crimes were committed, Clay, who was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a living center in Brookhaven, allegedly stole checks and credit cards totaling $4,050 from a resident then used them with the assistance of Wade and others.

Clay and Wade were booked into the Lincoln County Jail with $25,000 bonds. If convicted, Clay faces up to 32 years behind bars and Wade faces up to 20 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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