Former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps has been arrested by the Flowood Police Department.
Flowood police confirmed Epps’ arrest for allegedly removing light fixtures from his old home that was forfeited to the government as part of his guilty plea to bribery charges.
Epps is accused of running one of the largest and longest criminal conspiracies in state government history, taking at least $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks over eight years to steer more than $800 million worth of state prison contracts.
Police Chief Richie McCluskey said Epps, 55, is now charged with burglary of an uninhabited dwelling.
“Mr. Epps was arrested at his current residence, also located within Flowood, and without incident where the property was recovered by detectives that will be returned to the United States government,” McCluskey said.
McCluskey said If convicted of the burglary charge, Epps faces a maximum 25 years in prison. That would be longer than the maximum 23 years Epps faces in the federal bribery case.
Epps’ attorney, John Colette, said Tuesday afternoon he didn’t have many details about the arrest but was on his way to the police department.
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