Trial for former Greene County supervisor underway

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Trial got underway Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Downtown Hattiesburg where former Greene County supervisor Lee Lambert is accused of Katrina fraud.

Lambert allegedly conspired to award county contracts to and accept kickbacks from Mid-South Pipe Company during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Lambert represented district four during the time and his alleged co-conspirator was also a county supervisor.

Ernest Holder has already been found guilty of Katrina fraud for similar charges and is set to be sentenced this week.

The indictment didn't say how much Lambert allegedly received in kickbacks but prosecutors say he didn't report $197,000 on his 2005 and 2006 income tax returns.

Lambert's trial will pick back up Wednesday morning.

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