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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud in Connection with MDOC Bribery Scandal

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

Jackson, Miss. – Guy E. "Butch" Evans, 64, of Jackson, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Henry T. Wingate to aiding and abetting tax fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, and IRS-Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Ted A. Magee.

Evans was an insurance broker who served as Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) insurance broker of record to provide health and dental policies for MDOC employees. Evans received commissions from the insurance companies that provided the policies he sold to MDOC employees and paid a portion of his commissions to MDOC Commissioner Christopher B. Epps. Epps received approximately $19,200.00 in cash payments from Evans during the 2013 tax year. Evans made the payments to Epps with the full knowledge that Epps would not report the money on his return. Epps requested cash payments during face-to-face meetings with Evans and would hoard or structure the cash payments received so they would go undetected for tax purposes. Epps and Evans discussed withholding a portion of the cash payments as a "fee" to cover the Defendant’s tax obligations on the unreported monies but ultimately failed to pay the tax owed.

Evans is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Wingate on July 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., and faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Hurst praised the efforts of the FBI, IRS, Leake County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies who assisted in the investigation of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Helen Wall, Kristi Johnson and Abe McGlothin are prosecuting the case.

Updated April 25, 2018