2 Baton Rouge-Area Men Accused In Mississippi Bribery Scheme

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The Justice Department says four Louisiana men are facing federal charges linked to the corruption and bribery scheme involving Mississippi's former corrections commissioner, Christopher Epps.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says in a release that Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge and Tawansky Ventroy of Opelousas attempted to bribe Epps with $2,000 so their firm could provide inmate commissary services. 

Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville and Jacque Jackson of LaPlace were indicted for bribery in their attempt to land contracts for inmate telephone and commissary services at the Kemper County Regional Correctional Facility by giving Sheriff James Moore $2,000 in casino chips.

Epps is serving a 235-month prison sentence for money laundering and fraud related to the bribery and kickbacks scheme.

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