Court date set for former SOCSD teacher

According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News, Sturgis native Jennifer Baggett is accused of falsely representing herself as “Janey Baggett” and “Kaytelin Baggett” to obtain credit cards and making false statements of her identity and Social Security number.
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CHARLIE BENTON
Staff Writer

A former Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District teacher will go before Oktibbeha County Justice Court at 9 a.m. Feb. 20, 2018, facing six counts of fraudulently obtaining goods by false information.

According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News, Sturgis native Jennifer Baggett is accused of falsely representing herself as “Janey Baggett” and “Kaytelin Baggett” to obtain credit cards and making false statements of her identity and Social Security number.

She was arrested on Oct. 3, and had her initial appearance in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on Oct. 5.

She will also go before a grand jury in January 2018.

The incidents occurred in October 2014, March 2015, April 2015, twice in May 2015 and once more in August 2016.

Baggett was able to obtain a card each from Discover Card and First Premier Bank and four cards from Capital One.

Section A of Mississippi Code § 97-19-85 says a person is guilty of fraud if they shall furnish false information willfully, knowingly and with intent to deceive anyone as to their true identity or the true identity of another person.

Conviction of a first offense carries a fine of not more than $5,000, five years in prison or both, while the penalty doubles for subsequent offenses. In addition to fines and imprisonment, a person convicted under the code is required to pay restitution.

Baggett taught at Starkville High School and at Armstrong Middle School starting in 2014, and was terminated from the district as of Oct.11.

She is the wife of SOCSD Assistant Superintendent David Baggett, who remains in his position.

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