2 sentenced in scam that promised early release from prison

Published 9:24 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HAZLEHURST (AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty to taking money from a woman and falsely promising that a Mississippi lawmaker could get one of her relatives out of prison early.

The attorney general’s office says 29-year-old Jabarius Neal and 38-year-old Tiffany McVane pleaded guilty Monday in Copiah County circuit court.

Circuit Judge Lamar Pickard sentenced Neal to 10 years for conspiracy and false pretense and McVane to two years for conspiracy.

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Prosecutors say the two falsely told a woman that if she paid $5,000, Democratic state Rep. Gregory Holloway of Hazlehurst could get her relative out of prison early. Holloway did not run such a program, and legislators are not allowed to do so. Neal was already imprisoned for burglary and larceny when he and McVane were charged in 2015.