US: Mississippi Casinos Used in Attempt to Bribe County Sheriff, FBI Undercover Operation Exposes Scheme

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October 7 2019

The US attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi says Michael LeBlanc Sr., 71, Michael LeBlanc Jr., 42, Tawasky Ventroy, 60, and Jacque Jackson, 51 – all Louisiana residents – admitted in August to bribing officials in exchange for business agreements. Their guilty pleas were accepted last week by Judge Henry Wingate.

Federal law enforcement says the four men bribed former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps with casino chips to land commissary and inmate calling service contracts for their companies, Brothers Commissary Services and American Phone Systems. Authorities say the deals occurred in Golden Nugget Biloxi casino bathroom, with the four handing him thousands of dollars in gaming chips.