A couple of weeks ago a Harrison County jury rendered a total verdict of $686,508 in Bell v. Gibson. Here is the Complaint.

The plaintiffs obtained a relatively small loan from Tower Loan that they secured with their house. When plaintiffs fell behind in payments, Tower employees referred them to Mark Gibson. Gibson defrauded plaintiffs out of their home through a scheme of lying and cheating. Gibson evicted plaintiffs from their home and netted over $65,000 in profit.

The jury awarded $186,508 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. The compensatory damages included the following:

  • $83,508- conversion
  • $50,000- fraud
  • $3,000- trespass.

Here is the compensatory Final Judgment.

Here is the punitive Final Judgment.

Jason Graeber of Biloxi and Matthew Lott of Pascagoula represented the plaintiffs. Jeffrey Hall of Hattiesburg represented Gibson. Judge Robin Midcalf presided.

My Take:

Impossible to read the Complaint and not cheer for the plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs and their attorneys performed a public service by exposing this outfit.