Jackson women sentenced for fraudulent use of a debit card

Jackson, MS‹Two Jackson women have been sentenced for their roles involving
the fraudulent use of a debit card, announced Attorney General Jim Hood
today.

In Hinds County Circuit Court Tuesday, Judge Tommie Green sentenced Ashley
Pollard, 27, and Vergie Mitchell, 27, both of Jackson, for the fraudulent
use of a debit card belonging to an elderly resident of Raymond. The card
had reportedly been found in the parking lot of a local business. The two
defendants pleaded guilty and admitted to running up charges on the card in
the amount of $930.17, over the course of several days.

Judge Green sentenced Ashley Pollard to serve five years in the custody of
MDOC with three years suspended and two years to serve, to be followed by
five years of post-release supervision. Judge Green sentenced Vergie
Mitchell to five years in the custody of MDOC with all of the five years
suspended. Judge Green had ordered a pre-sentence investigation prior to
today¹s sentencing and had determined that Pollard was the leader in the
crime and that Mitchell¹s role was more that of a follower.

³We are glad the ringleader in this case will have time behind bars to
consider her crime,² said Attorney General Hood. ³The other defendant will
have to walk a straight line or face joining her cohort in prison.²

The case was investigated by Arthur Kendrick of the Attorney General¹s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Officer Brent Gibbs of the Raymond Police
Department contributed significantly to the investigation and apprehension
of the defendants. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney
General Pat McNamara.