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Insurance agent pleads guilty to aiding and abetting tax evasion in corrections corruption case

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The final person facing charges in an alleged kickback scheme involving Mississippi's former corrections commissioner Christopher Epps pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Guy "Butch" Evans pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting tax evasion. Between January 2013 and May 2014, Evans paid former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps $19,200 in exchange for exclusive rights to sell insurance to prison employees.

A grand jury indicted Evans in 2016 on charges of conspiracy and bribery, which carry a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years. 

From January 2013 to around May 2014, Evans aided and abetted Christopher Epps in willfully attempting to evade the income tax due owing by Epps to the United State of America.  Consequently, Epps' taxable income for the calendar year of 2013 was an estimated $19,200 greater than the amount reported on his tax return. 

In May of 2017, a judge sentenced Mississippi's former prison boss, Christopher Epps, to nearly two decades behind bars.

Epps admitted his role in a prison bribery scheme and has since helped identify several others involved. He pleaded guilty to money laundering and filing false tax returns. He will be spending nearly two decades in jail.

RELATED: Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps is sentenced in federal court

Eight other people have already been convicted for participating in shady deals with the Commissioner.

We will keep you updated on this developing story.

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