Gulfport man admits to concealing ex-DMR director’s mail fraud

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Joseph C. Ziegler Jr., 67, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to misprision of a felony, according to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.

Ziegler admitted helping conceal the crime of mail fraud, which involved diverting funds intended for the State of Mississippi into a private bank account controlled by Bill Walker, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.