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Georgia man could face prison for slave reparation scam

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July 1, 2003
Montezuma-A Georgia man could go to federal prison for swindling people out of money in a slave reparations scam.

Morris James, who runs the national resource information center in Montezuma. A federal indictment in Mississippi accuses him of accepting money through the mail after fradulently telling people there he could get them money from the IRS if they were slave descendants.

In an interview a year ago, James said it wasn't him, but the government being dishonest. "We been being scammed for over 400 and some years," James said.

 In federal court in Macon today, James posted $100,000 bond. He and a co-defendant in Mississippi are charged with 25 counts of mail fraud. Each count could carry a five year prison sentence and $250,000 fine. James will be arraigned and enter a plea in Oxford, Miss., at a later date.

posted at 10:50 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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