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Former Mississippi chief deputy indicted

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) - The former chief deputy of the Marion County Sheriff's Department is now facing a multi-count indictment.

WDAM-TV reports a Marion County grand jury has handed up a four-count indictment against 47-year-old Jeff Broom. The charges include obtaining and possession of a prescription by misrepresentation and tampering with evidence. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges the crimes were committed in September 2016. Broom resigned his chief deputy post on Sept. 23, 2016 during an internal investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Broom was later hired by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department in December 2016. That department says he's been placed on administrative leave with pay pending conclusion of its own investigation.

Broom is free on $9,000 bond.

Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com

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