- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The trial of three people charged with embezzling money from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Action Agency in Gulfport has been moved to March.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1xYT2fl ) the trial had been set to begin this week for 52-year-old Linda Harvey-Irvin of Jackson; 51-year-old Donald Walton of Vicksburg; and 45-year-old Markuntala-Croom of Columbia.

Each is accused of federal program fraud and other charges.

The agency receives federal money to operate the Head Start program.

An indictment alleges Harvey-Irvin, the agency’s former director, and Watson, a contractor, of ran a kickback scheme involving tens of thousands of dollars.

Another indictment alleges Harvey-Irvin and Croom, a consultant, laundered money to conceal bogus payments for consulting work.

All three are free on bond.

Defense attorneys sought more time to prepare for trial.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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