ABERDEEN – Tammi Henderson Palasini, already serving a state prison sentence, will plead guilty Tuesday to some or all of 19 federal counts that she swindled veterans and the elderly out of nearly $1.5 million, U.S. District Court records show.
Palasini, 54, was indicted July 14, 2015, and faces years in prison after her expected plea here.
Also known as Gina, she is the sister of new Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn H. Beam of Sumrall. She is serving a 10-year state prison sentence on two convictions of false pretense in Wayne and Pike counties.
Officially, she is accused on 12 counts of fraud and swindles, six counts of wire/radio/TV fraud and one count of money laundering-fraud in DeSoto, Washington and Sunflower counties.
She pleaded not guilty to all charges in August 2015, facing up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each charge.
Her 15-page indictment claims that from February 2009 to July 2012, Palasini devised and executed a scheme to defraud veterans, senior citizens and their families of nearly $1.5 million by creating fake businesses she promoted as helping them to invest their savings and get benefits from Medicaid and/or the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Palasini is represented by Leland attorney Edward J. Bogen Jr., before Chief Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.