Hattiesburg man sentenced for alleged jail food theft from Forrest County Jail

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – A 54-year-old Hattiesburg man, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and mail fraud charges in the alleged theft of food from Forrest County Jail, has been sentenced in federal court.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2eB7RVc) Jerry Woodland was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and three years of post-release supervision. In addition, Woodland must repay over $443,000 to Forrest County.

Prosecutors say Woodland and a former co-worker, the late Allen Haralson, and others were accused of mail fraud after drafting and submitting various Forrest County purchase requisition forms for food and food-related items that were purchased by invoices.

Woodland and Haralson had worked in the kitchen at the jail. Woodland pleaded guilty Dec. 15, 2014.

Haralson, who pleaded guilty Nov. 21, 2014, died Dec. 30, 2014.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com


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