TEXAS MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO BRIBE FORMER CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER
Jackson, Miss – Mark Longoria, 53, of Houston, Texas has been charged in a Criminal Information with conspiracy to pay bribes to former Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, announced Acting United States Attorney Harold Brittain and FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Donald Alway.
Longoria will appear for arraignment on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball. The maximum penalty for conspiracy is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Darren LaMarca, Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Lemon, and financial analyst Kim Mitchell.
The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Kingfish note: indictment states:
3. The defendant,MARK LONGORIA, was an officer of Drug Testing Corporation of Houston, Texas.The indictment charges Longoria paid kickbacks to Epps and McCrory in exchange for obtaining the contracts for his company. Longoria also allegedly paid a "commission fee" of $34,997 to McCrory in the expectation that McCrory would pay Epps for looking favorably upon his company. The Criminal Information states the Justice Department seeks a $131,389 forfeiture from Longoria.
4. In August of 2013, the MDOC awarded Drug Testing Corporation the contract to sell to the MDOC drug test cups for drug screening.
5. On or about August 1, 2013, Drug Testing Corporation entered a commission agreement with Investigative Research, Inc., a company owned by CECIL MCCRORY.
6. On or about August 20, 2013, Drug Testing Corporation invoiced the MDOC for the sale of
drug test cups in the amount of $632,336.25.
7. On or about September 16, 2013,after receiving payment from the MDOC, Drug Testing
Corporation remitted a check to Investigative Research, Inc., in the amount of $194,837.50.
8. On or about May 20, 2014, Drug Testing Corporation invoiced the MDOC for a second sale
of drug test cups in the amount of $149,940.00.
9. On or about June 17, 2014, after receiving payment from the MDOC, Drug Testing Corporation
remitted a check to Investigative Research, Inc., in the amount of $34,997.64.
The bill of information means Longoria probably waived indictment. Linkedin states Longoria is the CEO of the company. The case is assigned to Judge Henry Wingate.