Testimony Backs Prosecutors' Claims - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Testimony Backs Prosecutors' Claims

Two witnesses testified Tuesday that former Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies Bruce Carver and Eddie Huguet submitted false grade sheets while they were instructors in a federally funded inmate vo-tech program. And government prosectors called the men's former boss, Sheriff Joe Price, a co-conspirator in the case. Prosectutors allege that Price knew nearly ten years ago that there were violations with the program administered by his department and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The government says Price did nothing to correct the problems.

 Carver and Huguet are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government of the 3-hundred thousand dollars it took to run the program each year. And they are accused of falsifying grade sheets to show that inmates successfully completed classes that they never took. Deputy Mark McGowan identified a 1993 grade sheet Huguet signed that shows Huguet gave passing grades to four inmates. Another document shows those same inmates were either not in the automotive class or were there for only a few days.

Former food service instructor Sanda Fulcher admitted on the stand that Bruce Carver instructed her to falsify grade sheets for classes she never taught to keep the enrollment numbers up. Fulcher says she questioned Carver about the program. Fulcher says "I asked him if we would ever be able to have classes and he said no. He told me not to question it, that I was to do my thing in the kitchen. He told me to run my stuff in the kitchen because I didn't run things in his office."

Prosecutors had no comment when asked why  Joe Price wasn't indicted if they consider him a co-conspirator Price won't comment either because he's been subpoened as a defense witness.

The trial is expected to last two weeks in federal court in Biloxi.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hwy. 90 now open after high-speed chase

    Hwy. 90 now open after high-speed chase

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:15 PM EST2017-12-16 23:15:30 GMT
    (Photo Source: WLOX)(Photo Source: WLOX)

    The City of Biloxi announced all lanes of Highway 90 are open following a high-speed police chase on Saturday afternoon. 

    More >>

    The City of Biloxi announced all lanes of Highway 90 are open following a high-speed police chase on Saturday afternoon. 

    More >>
  • Prison shake-up uncovers pecan pie, drugs and more

    Prison shake-up uncovers pecan pie, drugs and more

    Saturday, December 16 2017 11:07 AM EST2017-12-16 16:07:54 GMT
    Authorities found a surprising medley of items during a recent prison shake-up in Parchman, including a pecan pie. (Source: MS Dept. of Correction)Authorities found a surprising medley of items during a recent prison shake-up in Parchman, including a pecan pie. (Source: MS Dept. of Correction)

    Officers were in for a sweet surprise during a prison shake-up at Parchman this week. Aside from illegal drugs, phones and tobacco, authorities also found a pie. 

    More >>

    Officers were in for a sweet surprise during a prison shake-up at Parchman this week. Aside from illegal drugs, phones and tobacco, authorities also found a pie. 

    More >>
  • Gulfport woman found safe

    Gulfport woman found safe

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:42 AM EST2017-12-16 15:42:30 GMT
    If you've seen Latasha Alaynee Moran, please call Gulfport Police at (228) 868-5959.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)If you've seen Latasha Alaynee Moran, please call Gulfport Police at (228) 868-5959. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

    A Gulfport woman who was reported missing is now safe.

    More >>

    A Gulfport woman who was reported missing is now safe.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly