JACKSON, Miss.- The Department of Justice said that Guy E. “Butch” Evans, 61, of Jackson, has been charged with paying bribes and kickbacks to former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner (MDOC) Christopher B. Epps. The bribes came in exchange for access to sell insurance products to MDOC employees. The indictment claimed that bribes and kickbacks began in 2012 and lasted until 2014.
“Individuals and companies who do business with the government are held to a high standard of accountability,” said Don Alway with the FBI. “When these individuals decide to use the government to supplement themselves at the public’s expense, they can expect the FBI to come knocking to hold them accountable. The FBI in Mississippi will continue to work alongside our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to identify and investigate those that criminally exploit the government.”
Evans appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on Wednesday. The trial has been set for October 3, 2016 before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. He faces a penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine for the conspiracy charge. The maximum penalty for the bribery count is 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.