Ex-MDOC chief Chris Epps arrested in Flowood

November 2, 2016 in News

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, center, and his attorneys, walk to the federal courthouse for a hearing in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, June 9, 2016. The hearing is on evidence of how much the bribes taken by Epps cost Mississippi's taxpayers. That determination, in turn, will influence how long Epps spends in prison for money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.4 million in bribes prosecutors say he took. (Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press)

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, center, and his attorneys, walk to the federal courthouse for a hearing in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, June 9, 2016. The hearing is on evidence of how much the bribes taken by Epps cost Mississippi’s taxpayers. That determination, in turn, will influence how long Epps spends in prison for money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.4 million in bribes prosecutors say he took. (Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press)

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) – Former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps has been arrested in Flowood.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2eb6Eys ) Flowood Police confirm Epps’ arrest Tuesday for allegedly removing light fixtures from his home that was forfeited as part of his February 2015 guilty plea to bribery charges.

Chief Richie McCluyskey tells (http://bit.ly/2faxNE5) WLBT-TV that Epps faces charges of burglary. Epps’ attorney, John Colette, says he didn’t have many details, but was headed to Flowood.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate on Monday reset Epps’ sentencing for May 24. He faces up to 23 years in prison.

Epps is accused of running one of the largest criminal conspiracies in state history, taking at least $1.4 million in bribes and kickbacks over eight years to steer more than $800 million worth of state prison contracts.