Natchez man pleads guilty to fraud

Published 12:05am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man has pleaded guilty to swindling several buyers out of money for headstones.

Mississippi Attorney General spokeswoman Jan Schaefer said Dwight Gibson, 46, entered an open plea of guilty to five counts of false pretense.

An order accepting Gibson’s plea was filed April 3 in Adams County Circuit Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson’s court.

Gibson’s sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 1.

Gibson could face up to 10 years in prison for each count of false pretense.

Gibson was indicted in November 2012 on five counts of false pretense involving five separate victims and gravestone purchases of approximately $6,500.

Gibson contracted, under various monument business names, to make and install headstones, but then failed to deliver.

His business is Clear Creek Monuments.

The case was investigated by Roger Cribb of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker.