HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Department of Justice has issued a statement regarding the federal indictments against Reverend Kenneth Fairley and Artie Fletcher.
The statement is as follows:
"When the federal government provides resources to local cities and county governments, the U.S. Attorney's Office will be vigilant in vindicating the interests of the taxpayers when federal and state law enforcement agencies determine that the funds have been stolen or misused," said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis in an issued statement.
IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerome R. McDuffie also made a statement:
Fairley and Fletcher were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker in Hattiesburg Wednesday. They are scheduled for trial before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on April 18, 2016.
The maximum penalties for the crimes charged in the indictment are as follows:
- Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. - 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; Theft of government
- money – 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
- Conspiracy to commit money laundering - 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine or twice the amount of the criminally derived property involved in the transaction
- Engaging in monetary transaction in property derived from specified unlawful activity - 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine or twice the amount of the criminally derived property involved in the transaction.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, IRS – Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Mississippi State Auditor's Office.