Sentencing Set for Newell

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A former bank vice president will be sentenced Feb. 27 on charges related to a false-billing scheme involving Comcast-Primestar's operation in Meridian.

Clifford "Bubba" Newell was convicted for the second time Dec.12 in federal court in Jackson on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion.

Newell was originally convicted on similar charges in 2001, but the conviction was overturned by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Newell was accused of using the personal American Express account of a former official of the Comcast-Primestar operation in Meridian to purchase personal items.

Some of the items, such as automobiles, motorcycles, houses, real property and other property, were used to obtain cash and pay pre-existing debts for Newell and Comcast-Primestar executive, David Colvin.

Newell also was convicted of failing to report over $551,000 in income for 1994, 1995 and 1996.