HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The jury in the Katrina fraud case of 69 year old Greene County Supervisor Earnest Holder found him guilty on all three counts of bribery, perjury, and conspiracy.
Prosecutors say Holder took kickbacks from Mid South Pipe Company owner Thomas Landon for a Hurricane Katrina cleanup contract. The government said FBI agents found over $17,000 under Holder's kitchen sink.
Holder admitted finding the money in an envelope in his truck but doesn't know where it came from. Holder's attorney said in closing arguments that his client never met Thomas Landon.
This is Holder's second trial on the Katrina related charges. Last August a jury could not reach a verdict on the bribery, perjury, and conspiracy charges, but did find him guilty of a separate charge of income tax evasion.