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Carver warns county of funeral scam
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jul 31, 2014 | 193 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, the story is becoming too familiar. There a knock at the door, and a stranger is seeking money for funeral services for a family member.

“It’s all a scam, and it’s going around the county,” Carver said.

Deputies made an arrest on Highway 17 South Sunday where Edgar Barfield, 52, was charged with doing the very thing.

“He [Barfield] was going to houses saying he needed money to bury a family member,” Carver said. “Deputies caught up with him and arrested him.”

Barfield, who Carver thought was from the Noxubee County area, is being held for the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a parole violation.

“He wasn’t supposed to be in the area,” Carver said. “He was receiving money on these scams.”

Carver said there have been several instances where people have been swindled out of money for similar reasons, and Carver wants the public to be aware of whom they give money and important information.

“Be aware of some of these sob stories,” Carver said. “Most of them will be false and for money purposes only.”

Inmate remains at large

An inmate, who escaped from custody of correctional officers at a local hospital last week remains at large, according to Carver.

Carver said Darrell Marshall, who was being held at the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility on contempt of court charges, eluded officers while at Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital for a check up. He said Marshall appears to have diverted the attention of a corrections officer and got away.

According to Carver, Marshall “has not been caught yet” and he was informed that the Winona Police Department has been making efforts to get Marshall back in custody.

Carver said it is possible that Marshall could face additional charges.

Marshall’s contempt charges stemmed from a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

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