- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The sentencing for the former director of the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency in Gulfport and two contractors on bribery charges has been reset for June 5.

Linda Harvey-Irvin, the agency’s former director, and contractors Markuntala Croom and Donald Walton had been scheduled for sentencing this month, but it was postponed at the request of their attorneys.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1K5S2hp) the local program receives federal money to operate the Head Start program.

Prosecutors say Harvey-Irvin accepted bribes from Walton, owner of Walton Construction, in exchange for awarding his company $400,000 in construction contracts. Walton paid Harvey-Irvin $31,000 in kickbacks.

Harvey-Irvin also was accused of accepted bribes from Croom, owner of Croom Consulting, in exchange for awarding Croom’s company more than $520,502 in contracts. Croom paid Harvey-Irvin $69,000 in kickbacks.

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

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