Former Mississippi prisons chief pleads guilty to bribery charges: report

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Posted: Feb 25, 2015 12:19 PM

(Reuters) - The former head of Mississippi's prison system pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges of accepting bribes from a businessman who held large-scale prison contracts, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.

Christopher Epps resigned as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections in November, a day before he originally pleaded not guilty to participating in a years-long kickback scheme that prosecutors outlined in a 49-page indictment.

In changing his plea to guilty on Wednesday, Epps also pleaded guilty to evading federal taxes in 2008, when he reported income of $205,000 instead of his true income of $405,000, the newspaper reported.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Bill Trott)