JACKSON, MISS– The trial of yet another person accused of bribing former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has been delayed.
Teresa Malone, the wife of former lawmaker Bennett Malone, is just one of the people accused of providing bribes and kickbacks to Epps. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate signed an order Wednesday that pushed Malone’s trial from October 3rd to January 9th.
Malone entered a not guilty plea in early August to charges of bribery and conspiracy. The charges alleged the kickbacks of $5,000 were paid monthly for nearly four years to secure a contract for the Illinois-based healthcare consulting company AdminPros. Malone is said to have benefited over $170,000 for the $3 million dollar state contract. If found guilty, Malone could be in prison for 30 years.