SHERIFF IN MISSISSIPPI GAMBLING MECCA CHARGED WITH EXTORTION

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For the second time in less than five years, a sheriff of gambling mecca Tunica County, Mississippi, has been charged with extortion, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Sheriff Jerry Ellington was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents after the first-term lawman was indicted on two counts of taking bribes and extorting payments from an unidentified bail bondsman in exchange for the right to write bail bonds for those awaiting trial in Tunica County.

In addition, Ellington is charged with bribery and extorting payments from an employee in exchange for a promotion and higher salary.

Ellington is the top law enforcer in the county that’s become the nation’s third-largest gambling venue, and a county with a recent history of law-enforcement corruption.

Link: http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_2148129,00.html

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