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First of 4 sentenced in Hattiesburg on corruption charges

The first of four people has been sentenced to probation in a Hattiesburg corruption case.

WDAM-TV reports that U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett on Monday sentenced developer Artie Fletcher to three years’ probation and $69,000 restitution to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fletcher pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony. The Rev. Kenneth Fairley, his co-defendant, was convicted Sept. 12 on three counts of conspiracy and theft for skimming money from a federal housing program. He’ll also be sentenced Monday.

Separately, then-Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton was convicted of four counts of tax evasion and five counts of filing a false tax report relating to income at his businesses. His wife, Linda Bolton, was convicted on five counts of filing a false tax report.

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