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Former City of Hattiesburg employee sentenced to prison for fuel card fraud

Dennis Martin Photo Credit: HPD Dennis Martin Photo Credit: HPD
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A former city of Hattiesburg employee is facing prison time after pleading guilty to conspiracy and credit card fraud linked to a city fuel card.

Dennis Dejon Martin, 27, who worked for the city of Hattiesburg Water Department as an operating engineer for three months in 2012, was indicted in October 2015 on a three-count indictment for conspiracy and two counts of credit card fraud.

Martin pleaded guilty to the charges last week in a Forrest County Courtroom before Judge Bob Helfrich.

He was sentenced to five years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with two years of post release supervision.

Another person was indicted with Martin, Contrelle Hagans, 28, who along with Martin was previously arrested for credit fraud.

The indictment stated:

"...for count one, conspiracy, between Feb. 2013 and Dec. 2013, Martin did willfully and knowingly, unlawfully with Hagans, commit credit card fraud…Martin and Hagans, did agree, one with another, to defraud the city of Hattiesburg by using a city of Hattiesburg Fuel Card. Count two and three, list the pair did willfully and knowingly, unlawfully with the intent to defraud the city of Hattiesburg, obtain goods, said goods being of the value of more than $100.00 or more, by representing without consent of city of Hattiesburg, the cardholder that Contrelle Haggins and Dennis Martin was the cardholder of the city fuel card."

Hattiesburg City Council members requested an investigation in 2013, after questionable charges appeared, including a month’s charges totaling over $10,000.

Hagans has not appeared in court for his connection in the indictment.

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