- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Calhoun County supervisor faces federal charges that he solicited bribes from timber haulers.

Earnest M. Fox of Bruce was indicted Friday on two counts of interference with commerce by extortion. FBI agents arrested him Wednesday morning in Pittsboro.

The 66-year-old Fox faces up to 40 years in federal prison and fines of up to $500,000. U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander released him on a $5,000 unsecured bond in a Wednesday court appearance, setting his arraignment for Monday.

Fox declined comment on the charges Wednesday evening when reached by telephone. He said he hasn’t yet hired a lawyer.

The indictment states that on two occasions, once in early April and then again between April 15 and June 9, Fox sought bribes.

The indictment alleges that, the first time, Fox told “the victim that if he wished to continue hauling logs and leaving mud on Calhoun County roads without official interference, the victim would need to make a monetary ‘contribution’ to Fox’s re-election campaign.”

The indictment alleges Fox demanded additional payments directly to himself the second time.


Information from: WCBI-TV, https://www.wcbi.com



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