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Former Commissioner of Mississippi Department of Corrections Sentenced to Over 19 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi


Jackson, Miss – Christopher B. Epps, former Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Corrections, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate to 235 months in federal prison, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze. He was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

Christopher Epps previously pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of filing a false tax return. He faced a maximum sentenced of 23 years.

This case was investigated by the FBI, IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Mississippi State Auditor’s Office, and the Leake County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Darren LaMarca and Pat Lemon, as well as financial analyst Kim Mitchell, prosecuted the case.

Updated May 24, 2017