Former Hattiesburg employee sentenced for fuel card fraud

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – A former Hattiesburg Water Department employee has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and two counts of credit card fraud.

The Hattiesburg American reports 27-year-old Dennis Dejon Martin, of Brusly, Louisiana, was sentenced Feb. 16 to two years for conspiracy, and three years each for credit card fraud, with three suspended for the first fraud count and two years suspended for the second. The suspended sentences will be conducted under post-release supervision. Martin also was fined $1,000 and must pay other fees and court costs.

Martin was arrested in January 2014 and initially charged with embezzlement in connection to fraudulent purchases made on two city-issued gas cards made in 2013.