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4 Louisiana men to plead guilty in Mississippi bribe scheme

1 month 2 days 18 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 August 18, 2019 5:09 PM August 18, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts.
 
Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and Jacque Jones of LaPlace have filed notices saying they will change their pleas.
 
All are accused of scheming to win contracts to sell inmates phone service and commissary goods at a jail in Mississippi's Kemper County. The indictment also says the men paid former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps $2,000 for help in getting contracts. Epps was convicted of taking more than $1.4 million in bribes and is serving a nearly 20-year prison sentence.
 
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate has set a plea hearing for Oct. 2 in Jackson.
 
All four remain free on bail.

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