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Wife of former Miss. prison chief seeks to keep property

Claims that many of the assets Epps agreed to give up in his plea deal were purchased with her earnings

By C1 Staff

JACKSON, Miss. — The wife of the former Mississippi corrections chief who pled guilty in a multimillion dollar bribery scheme has hired an attorney to keep hold of property her husband agreed to hand over.

WAPT reports that Richard Troberman, an attorney with expertise in federal forfeiture cases, will represent Catherlean Epps, wife of former Miss. DOC Commissioner Chris Epps.

Epps admitted guilt in a bribery scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts.

Epps agreed in a February plea deal to forfeit $2 million in assets, including the couple’s more than $300,000 Flowood home. Catherlean Epps says many of the assets were purchased with some of her earnings.

Epps faces up to 23 years in prison and fines of $750,000 at sentencing in June.