Rolling Fork Mayor Indicted for Fraud

By  | 

Jackson, Miss.

The mayor of a small town in the Mississippi Delta has been indicted on false pretense and wire fraud charges related to invoices for grants to rehabilitate houses.

A Sharkey County grand jury charged Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge "Butch" Walker in two separate indictments Monday, each containing two counts.

Walker did not immediately respond to phone messages Tuesday. A message wasn't immediately returned by a lawyer who authorities say is representing him.

The indictments say Walker sent two fraudulent invoices for more than $500 related to two properties to Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, which was issuing grants to rehabilitate houses. He was doing business as Walker Construction

Walker served as mayor in the past, but was unseated in 2009. He was elected again in June.

Rolling Fork is a town of about 2,100 people.