Woman guilty in fraud case

Published 11:55 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A former Mississippi Department of Corrections employee faces sentencing in February after admitting to federal charges accusing her of using inmates’ records to file false income tax returns.

Forty-two-year-old Janice Singleton, a Jackson tax preparer who also was a corrections officer at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County, made a plea agreement to bank fraud, wire fraud, making false or fraudulent claims and aggravated identity theft.

Singleton is set for sentencing Feb. 27 before U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate.

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The charges carry a maximum 40-plus years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines Singleton will face much less.

Her attorney, Buddy Coxwell, has said his client is a good person who made some bad choices.