- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The former head of Harrison county utilities says charges against him should be dismissed because he was promised immunity as an FBI informant in a federal corruption case.

Kamran Pahlavan is accused of taking cars, New Orleans Saints tickets, and other bribes from Sean Anthony to steer contracts his way after Hurricane Katrina.

Federal prosecutors say the agreement is not binding because Pahlavan lied to investigators, The Sun Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1GEM6JK ).

He is scheduled for trial July 13 on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government, bribery involving federal programs, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, and lying to the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden will hear arguments on Pahlavan’s motion July 2 at the federal courthouse in Gulfport.

Anthony and former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant, who was on the Harrison County Utility Authority’s board, have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the case. Anthony also has sold his company.

Both are scheduled for sentencing after Pahlavan’s trial, indicating they could be witnesses.

Pahlavan’s court filing says he recorded conversations with Anthony, providing 61 recordings of “various importance.” He also gave federal investigators “detailed information about vehicle purchases and specifics about the operation of the Harrison County Utility Authority,” it said.

Attorney Peter H. Barrettalso also has asked Ozerden to step down as judge, saying his impartiality might be questioned because his wife has a business relationship with Anthony. Ozerden refused, saying Anthony’s case is separate from Pahlavan’s, and Anthony would be a potential witness rather than codefendant.

He said he stepped aside from Anthony’s case because his wife had been Anthony’s attorney in an unrelated civil case.

His wife has never represented Pahlavan, he wrote.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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