HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Former Harrison County supervisor Kim Savant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery Tuesday afternoon, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. The plea came just hours after Savant resigned from office, and appeared in federal court to learn the ramifications of "the mistake I have made and for which I take responsibility."
The federal grand jury information alleges that while Savant served on the Harrison County Utility Authority, he "voted for HCUA contracts and payments that benefited others known and unknown to the United States Attorney in exchange for receiving cash from other known and unknown to the United States Attorney." The court document says between 2011 and 2013, Savant "received monthly cash payments from Company A to secure Savant's support and vote on the HCUA board." According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Savant received $1,500 a month in bribe money.
Prosecutors also allege Savant "voted for multiple payments from the HCUA to Company A relating to emergency services and other services that fell outside Company A's existing contract."