A Tennessee attorney was indicted and three others were arraigned this week in an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving a former director at Mississippi Department of Education.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi announced Thursday the indictment of Memphis attorney Errol Harmon, 47, in the case.
Harmon couldn’t be reached for comment.
Former MDE official Cerissa Renfroe Neal, 45, of Madison County, is accused of steering contract awards in return for kickbacks. Neal, David B. Hunt, 54, of Jackson, Tennessee, and Joseph Kyles, 51, and Lambert Martin, 59, both of Memphis, Tennessee, were charged in a 15-count indictment for crimes including wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. They were indicted by a grand jury in February, but the indictment, filed under seal, was not made public until Aug. 26.
Hunt, Kyles and Martin were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Jackson on Thursday.
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