Greene County Officials Face Fraud Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say a Greene County supervisor and a former supervisor have been arrested in a Hurricane Katrina fraud investigation.

Supervisor Earnest Holder and former supervisor Lee Lambert were arrested Thursday on charges of conspiracy, bribery, perjury and tax fraud.

U.S. Attorney Donald R. Burkhalter said if convicted, Holder faces a maximum penalty of 26 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines, and Lambert faces a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison and $1 million in fines.

Holder and Lambert were released on bond after an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Michael Parker in Hattiesburg.

Holder is scheduled for trial starting Dec. 21. No trial date has been set for Lambert.

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