State authorities arrest city officials from Sledge, Coahoma on fraud charges

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Attorney General's office.)

Jackson, MS- Two Mississippi Aldermen have been arrested for filing fraudulent statements, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Jeffrey L. Riley, 48, an Alderman for the city of Sledge, and Ontario Braxton, 41, an Alderman for the city of Coahoma, were both arrested Thursday (January 8) in separate and unrelated cases.  Both defendants are charged with filing a false qualifying statement of intent for the Office of Alderman. Riley and Braxton are both convicted felons and are accused of intentionally failing to reveal that information in their qualifying paperwork.  Both have been released on their own recognizance.