/More indictments coming in Epps bribery case

More indictments coming in Epps bribery case

Assistant U.S. attorney Darren LaMarca informed District Judge Henry T. Wingate there are more grand jury meetings and that more charges will be brought in the case. This has caused chaos in the state prison system. LaMarca stated Monday morning that not all cases had been presented to a federal grand jury during a hearing in which Epps was to be sentenced. John Collette, defense counsel, and LaMarca asked for more time to allow the case to develop. Wingate consented to a June 9 hearing regarding documents that the government claims increase the gross value of contracts potentially tainted through Epps’ favors by more than $800million, an increase of $300 million from the original $300 million. Epps, 45, was arrested on multiple charges that they conspired to allow McCrory to obtain MDOC vending businesses, while Epps would receive bribes. Cecil McCrory is a former legislator. Epps was also accused of money laundering, fraud to corrupt public officials, and structuring illegal financial transactions to evade the IRS’s attention. Epps pleaded guilty for two of the 41 charges. He faces a maximum sentence of 23 years imprisonment and a $750,000 fine plus restitution. McCrory also pleaded guilty. Wingate pushed back Epps’ sentencing until July 18, to allow all parties time to discuss new information from the government and any “substantial help” Epps may have given if there are more indictments. Carlos Tanner, McCrory’s attorney, told the court that he would file a motion to reverse his client’s guilty plea of 2015. McCrory was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. However, Tanner informed Wingate that there were likely to be issues raised at the hearing. This could impact his defense. He stated, “If the government is) shifting numbers, I must have time to contest it.” Tanner, who is new to McCrory’s defense, said that it took him weeks to review all the evidence. He insisted that there were many questions. Collette asked Wingate to not sentence Epps until all indictments have been filed and McCrory’s trial is over. Epps should be credited for his cooperation and testimony in the case against anyone else. Collette stated that he would be required to identify names, dates, and places to make Wingate aware of the nature his cooperation. LaMarca informed Wingate that “several” other people have been charged. He said, “I’m not at liberty explain fully.” Additional investigation would take at most 30 more days. Documents will be collected from approximately 15 additional contracts for services with MDOC during Epps’ tenure as its chief._x000D