Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr issued the following statement shortly after the indictment was announced:
"My fundamental mission as mayor, since Aug. 29, 2005, has been to return this city to greatness, and today Gulfport is absolutely on the right track to greatness.
Understand that what has been alleged toward my wife and me has no connection to me as mayor. This has not and will not change my commitment to the progress and recovery of our city.
This inquiry has been going on for more than a year now, and we hope and pray for a much faster resolution.
We have entered a plea of not guilty. Out of respect for the justice system and the government, I will not speak further about the claim made against us.
I am the mayor of Gulfport and I will continue working to rebuild our city. We have hundreds of dedicated employees, department heads and directors, and everything we have achieved thus far is a result of their hard work and love for this city.