Greene County supervisor charged with bribery

GREENE COUNTY (WLOX) -- A Greene County Supervisor and a Lucedale businessman are accused in a bribery scheme over Katrina debris removal contracts. District Three Supervisor Earnest Holder faces up to 15 years in prison following his indictment on federal charges of bribery and perjury. Thomas Allen Landon, the president and owner of Mid South Pipe, Inc. faces a one count of bribery and five counts of currency reporting violations.

U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton says Landon's company was awarded debris removal contracts by the George County Board of Supervisors and that Holder solicited and accepted bribes. Holder is also accused of lying to a federal grand jury. Court papers say that from September 2005 to May 277, Landon offered bribe a county government official. That official, the government says is Holder, who the government accused of receiving $17,500 in cash in a paper bags from Landon. Holder has been released from jail on a $20,000 bond. Landon appeared before Judge Robert H. Walker in federal district court in Gulfport today. He was released on $25,000 bond. He faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $1.75 million fine.

Lampton praised the efforts of all the federal law enforcement agencies involved as well as the State Auditor's Office for their diligent work in the investigation of this case. Mississipi State Auditor Stacey Pickering said, "Our office continues to work closely with the FBI, IRS, Department of Homeland Security and United States Attorney's Office in investigating cases where fraud involving Mississippi tax dollars may have been committed - such crimes will not be tolerated, and our office remains committed to identifying and investigating those violations."