Head of Miss. Prisons Charged In $1M Corruption Scheme

Law360, San Diego (November 7, 2014, 3:58 PM EST) -- The former head of Mississippi's prison system pled not guilty on Thursday to allegations he steered no-bid contracts to a former state judge in exchange for nearly $1 million in bribes and kickbacks since 2007.

Christopher Epps, who resigned as commissioner of Mississippi's Department of Corrections on Wednesday, is accused of awarding a series of deals for prison services to Cecil McCrory, a former state legislator, judge and school board chairman. The contracts were awarded to companies that McCrory owned or consulted for, according to federal prosecutors.

Both men pleaded not guilty Thursday, the same day the 49-count August indictment was...

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