Former Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office say a former insurance agent will spend time behind bars for fraud.

Elisa Michelle Odom, 45, of Bailey, pleaded guilty Monday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court to five counts of mail fraud and four counts of false pretense.

Odom was sentenced for mail fraud to five years in prison, with two years to serve, three suspended. She must also pay a $1,000 fine and $500 to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund plus court costs.

Odom was sentenced on the false pretense charge to nine years with MDOC, four years to serve, five suspended with five years supervised probation, to run concurrent to count one.

She must also pay $41,000 in restitution to Colonial Life Insurance Company.

On counts three through nine (four mail fraud, three false pretense), Odom was sentenced to three years with MDOC, three years suspended and three years supervised probation to run concurrent with count two.

Attorney General Jim Hood says the sentence means the defendant will serve four years in the custody of MDOC, followed by five years of supervised probation. She must also pay full restitution as well as fines and court costs.

At the time the crimes happened, Odom was an agent for Colonial Insurance in the Meridian area.

"Our investigation showed this defendant fabricated insurance policies, using both real and fabricated names and addresses, in order to receive commissions from her employer," said Hood.

The case was investigated by Keith Milsap and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.

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  • by anonymous on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    wow. I guess these people talking crap about her do not believe in forgiveness. Mrs. Odom was a very good lady. yes she made mistakes, but she cared about her family a lot and always volunteered for church functions. One sin is just as bad as another sin. so before you go saying things negative about her you need to get rite with God.. ill be prayin for you.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    What is Elisa's maiden name? She looks very familiar.
  • by truthful on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    You are as guilty as she is if you know this, and have not turned her in.
  • by Amused on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    Wonder if there is an insurance policy available to help with finances and bills while your incarcerated... ;)
  • by Janet D Location: Bailey on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    I wonder when God died and left all you people to be the judge of humanity. So many people fall short daily in thier walk with God....but it's not our place to judge. Everyone walking around this earth has done something illegal or immoral. Driven 56 in a 55 mile per hour zone, cursed God in your mind but didn't speak the curse aloud, run a stop sign when no-one was around, didn't tithe 10% of thier income or talent..... judge away people. You will get yours as well.
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      by Marcus L. on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM in reply to Janet D
      You are delusional.
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        by Janet D. on Jun 8, 2012 at 02:55 PM in reply to Marcus L.
        I may be delusional but at least I have other more important things in my life, like a career, a family, volunteering in the community, and going to church, than to sit around judging people.
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      by Smooth on Jun 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM in reply to Janet D
      She is a thief. Falling short in your daily walk with God is a little different than stealing from 'friends' and taking advantage of unsuspecting citizens. And I'm sure she was walking with God while she was committing these multiple counts of fraud. Just like I'm sure that she was deeply involved with the church BEFORE she knew of her indictment. Please. And YOU, you're judging people for judging others (Hypocrite?). I will get what I deserve one day - but she gets what she deserves for the next 9 years.
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        by Janet D. on Jun 8, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Smooth
        Dear Smooth. You are an idiot. Men rape their sisters, have sex with their daughters and grandaughters, young teen boys are worthlessly getting girls pregnant and not taking do four times the amount of crime that women do and women serve more time than me. I work in corrections and this is a fact. Ok. So this woman embezzled $40,000 some dollars----she will serve more time than many murderers, rapists, and thieves. No wonder people are leaving Meridian and Mississippi as fast as they can. We are a backward thinking community and it is very sad.
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          by Smooth on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:17 PM in reply to Janet D.
          When was the sex of an offender ever mentioned in my reply? And even if I had mentioned that, I will believe it when I see data concerning the topic - I certainly will not believe your OPINION on the matter. Your response to my post was completely irrelevant. Punishment is assigned based on the crime (supposedly regardless of sex). And please, join the people who think like you and get ___ ____ out of Mississippi. We already have enough imbeciles here.
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      by Reality on Jun 8, 2012 at 02:55 PM in reply to Janet D
      Janet I wonder how forgiving you would be if you were one of the people she stole from? She knowingly did this to not only strangers but so called friends as well! How is that Godly?
  • by HAHA on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    This woman has always been a stuck up brat, she thinks she owns everthing in Mississippi. and she finally gets what she deserves!
  • by Phil on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    @ Renee...As I said before, everyone makes mistakes and should have the opportunity to make them right. However, you seem to think that she is innocent of the charges and was set up by her boss....Obviously there wasn't any evidence to back that up. I believe people would be more compassionate and understanding if she owned up to what she did and quit pretending as though SHE is the victim. It's her family and the people she stole from that is the victim.
  • by Renee Location: Meridian on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    This is what happens when your boss turns state evidence, the regular employees get the blame. Please pray for the families that have been affected. Pray that she will be back with her family in a short time.
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      by Phil on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:29 AM in reply to Renee
      No Renee...this is what happens when you steal what isn't yours. She is not taking the wrap for her boss. She did it and knew she was doing it. It is sad for the family and while everyone makes mistakes and you can be forgiven for them you are still responsbile for your actions. That's the lesson here.
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        by Renee on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to Phil
        I am not getting pulled into an argument on this but I just hope you don't have any skeletons in your closet that you need forgiveness for.
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      by Peabody on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to Renee
      Her boss? Is that the best you can do? I will pray for the families she robbed and ruined. I will pray for her kids if she has them for the shame she put on them. I will wish that she gets a prison job cleaning toiletsand calls them mirrors.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:05 AM
    I think all of you sorry people who like to talk crap behind the safety of your computer screen need to get a life and let her live hers she is paying for her mistakes and is already forgiven for her sins. You people are the reason mississippi has the name it has. And robert really, shyster, snob to boot, thats the words you choose, what are we in the 3rd grade again with the name calling grow up. All of you need to find something to do with your life besides trying to talk garbage about someone elses life.
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      by Danielle on Jun 7, 2012 at 08:50 AM in reply to
      Apparently you talk crap from the safety of your computer screen. I noticed you did not sign your name.
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      by Robert on Jun 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to
      @'Anonymous': Why would you defend a sorry lowlife like this woman? She is a CRIMINAL! Odom stole from vulnerable citizens who trusted her with their information, who are now financially ruined becasue of her sorry actions! That you would defend this TRASH puts you on the slimy bottom as she and capable of doing what she has done. Your employer should watch you very, very closely....
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      by Janet D. on Jun 8, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to
      Thank you. You seem to have the right perspective. So many "leaders" in Meridian are stealing the community blind and no-one will do a thing about it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    Is this Michelle Haguewood?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to
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      by you will never know on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to
      This is Mishelle Odom
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