Fifth indicted in a scheme to rig state education contracts


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Memphis lawyer has been indicted for conspiring with a former top official in the Mississippi Department of Education to rig contracts and steal public money, authorities said Friday.

Errol Harmon, 47, is charged with conspiracy, bribery, and interstate transportation in aid of bribery, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement. Harmon is the fourth person to be indicted in the scheme.

Former Department of Education employee Cerissa Renfroe Neal, 45, of Madison County, was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery, Hurst announced Sept. 3. Three contractors from Tennessee face conspiracy and wire fraud charges: David B. Hunt, 54, of Jackson; Joseph Kyles, 51, of Memphis: and Lambert Martin, 59, also of Memphis. Kyles is also charged with money laundering and bribery.

Neal was executive director of the Office of

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