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Jackson insurance salesman charged in Epps prison scandal

The U.S. attorney’s office announced Evans’ indictment today. It includes two counts of conspiracy to bribe a government official and wire fraud. This in exchange for exclusive access selling insurance products to MDOC employees. According to the indictment, Evans paid Epps kickbacks and bribes to secure exclusive access to MDOC employees’ insurance products. These payments ranged from $1,400 to $1.700 per month between January 2013 and May 2014. Evans appeared before U.S. Magistrate Keith Ball Wednesday. He set Evans’ trial for October 3 before U.S. Circuit Judge Henry Wingate. Wingate also has several other cases related the Epps scandal scheduled for that day. Evans could face up to 30 years imprisonment and a $500,000 penalty if convicted. Epps pleaded guilty in two cases of bribery, receipt of kickbacks and more than $1.4million. He has not yet been sentenced. Sam Waggoner, a Carthage businessman, was also accused of bribery but has yet to be sentenced. Cecil McCrory (Rankin County lobbyist) was also charged with bribery. He has not yet been sentenced. Irb Benjamin, a former senator from Corinth and lobbyist, will be tried Oct. Other Epps cases involving bribery include Texas businessman Mark Longoria, who pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced within a few months. Biloxi businessman Robert Simmons, who pleaded guilty in February, will be sentenced September 15. Jackson doctor Carl Reddix is another defendant. However, prosecutors requested a special trial to be held no later than Sept. 28. All three are accused of using Epps to purchase and keep state prison contracts. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to the Spring Member Drive today.