Forrest County Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

Forrest County Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center who was charged with one count of conspiracy in connection to ordering food items through the jail for personal use appeared in federal court today.

Allen Haralson pleaded guilty to conspiracy Monday afternoon.

His sentencing date has been set for February 5th at 2:15 p.m. He will remain free on bail at this time.

This case stems from an investigation first reported in June when the FBI and state auditor's office requested copies of jail expenses dating back to the early 2000s. Those items were all paid for and approved by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.

According to the case filed by the United States Attorney, Haralson ordered food and food-related items between 2002 and 2014, along with others "known and unknown to the United States Attorney."

The U.S. attorney's statement also said Haralson "did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with persons known and unknown to the United States Attorney to commit.. theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and/or mail fraud."

It said Haralson and others would "conceal the true identity" of what was being ordered through the detention center by "fraudulently listing or causing others to fraudulently list" items for purchase orders. According to the statement, Haralson "would embezzle, steal, obtain by fraud, knowingly convert or intentionally misapply food or food-related items" by transporting them from the detention center to personal residences, including Haralson's, or to "businesses or other entities owned or controlled by or affiliated with Haralson" for personal use.

The food that was allegedly being stolen included "ribs, steak, shrimp, clam strips, and beef brisket."

According to sources, there are several other individuals related to this case in federal court, but a court date has not been set.