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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jackson Police Officer Indicted on Bribery Charges


Jackson, Miss – Jackson Police Officer Melvin Williams was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against him for soliciting, demanding and accepting a bribe, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

The indictment alleges that from February 2016, to September 2016, Williams solicited, demanded and accepted things of value totaling $5,000 dollars from an unnamed individual intending to be influenced and rewarded. Williams is scheduled for arraignment at 2:30 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Lemon. If convicted, Williams faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Updated September 29, 2016