OXFORD – Business partners William “Tommy” Tacker and H. Max Speight will face a federal trial June 8 in Aberdeen on charges they defrauded the U.S. government in a biofuel scheme.
The trial date was set Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson will preside over the trial.
Tacker, an Aberdeen businessman, and Speight, a disbarred Tennessee attorney, were indicted March 26 in the Northern District of Mississippi. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Speight is serving time in a Tennessee jail after a 2008 guilty plea to stealing nearly $1 million from clients.
The two men were partners in Biodiesel of Mississippi Inc. at Nettleton, which proposed to make biodiesel fuel from soybean oil. They are accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture of nearly $3 million through a biofuels incentive program.