It appears defendants were paying bribes to Hinds County prosecutors to reduce bonds. The U.S. Attorney filed a bill of information in U.S. District Court Friday that alleged Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Ivon Johnson and an unnamed co-conspirator fixed bonds for criminal defendants in exchange for cash payments. The bill of information states:
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beginning shortly after June, 2013 and continuing until on or about February of 2016, the exact dates being unknown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the defendant, IVON JOHNSON, an agent of Hinds County, Mississippi, and others, did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together to commit an offense or offenses against the United States, to wit: Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(l)(B), that is, did corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value from a person, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction and series of transactions of Hinds County District Attorney's Office involving $5,000 or more...
The primary object of the conspiracy was to obtain money in exchange for favorable treatment in court proceedings in Hinds County, Mississippi..
1. IVON JOHNSON accepted money from a co-conspirator, totaling at least $15,000 throughout the conspiracy, on behalf of criminal defendants, including S.B., an individual charged with a felony offense in Hinds County, Mississippi.
2. On or about October 20, 2014, IVON JOHNSON, as an agent of the Hinds County District's Attorney Office, moved to reduce the bond amount of S.B. from approximately $15,000 to approximately $3,500 in exchange for approximately $500.
What is interesting is Mr. Johnson apparently waived indictment since the U.S. Attorney (in Shreveport) submitted a bill of information to the court. The bill of information thus begs the following question: Has Mr. Johnson "flipped" on anyone?
The District Attorney is arrested for allegedly wrongfully communicating with criminal defendants in jail. The Justice Court Clerk is accused of accepting bribes. Now one of the lead prosecutors in the District Attorney's office is charged with lowering bonds in exchange for bribes.