OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Most of the felony charges announced Friday against Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd are for fraud and embezzlement. But one extortion charge accuses Byrd of demanding sexual favors from a female deputy.
The 29 felony and two misdemeanor charges listed in the indictment break down as follows:
- 10 Fraud
- 10 Embezzlement
- 2 Hindering prosecution in 2nd degree
- 2 Witness tampering
- 1 Perjury
- 2 Subornation of perjury
- 2 Intimidating an officer in the discharge of his duties
- 2 Extortion
Sheriff Byrd was given a $1,000 bond on each count. He surrendered to authorities at the Ocean Springs Police Department Friday afternoon with his attorney, Joe Sam Owen.
More details on the charges against the sheriff will be posted on WLOX.com as they are released.