Monday, May 23, 2022

Former RSS Employee Indicted for Bribery

More bribery was uncovered in the late former District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's office. One of his hacks got caught (allegedly) taking payoffs in exchange for creating phony expungement orders.  

A Hinds County grand jury indicted Sabarina Hodge in July 2020 for forgery and inducement of public official to accomplish official acts.  She was an employee of Smith during his tenure as District Attorney.  The indictment states: 

* Hodge allegedly fabricated an expungement order for Alvin Mazie.  He was convicted of armed robbery.  The crime is not eligible for expungement.  The indictment states the fraud took place between July 1, 2019 and September  30, 2019.  

* The indictment accuses the defendant of taking $1,200 from Marcus Mazie in exchange for a phony order that expungement of a pending DUI charge.  The crime allegedly took place between July 1, 2019 and September  0, 2019.  

*  Hodge allegedly forged the signatures of Circuit Judge Jeff Weill and Assistant District Attorney Andreka Hollins between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. 

* The defendant allegedly forged the signatures of Judge Weill and Assistant District Attorney Kimalon Campbell between July 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.  The indictment claims the phony signatures were used to defraud Michael Crump out of $1,100.  

The case was presented to the grand jury in the January 2020 term after District Attorney Jody Owens assumed office.   

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten.  

Hodge's case is not the first prosecution of Smith employees for bribery.  Former Hinds County ADA Ivon Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy after he got caught taking payoffs in exchange for reduced sentences or dismissing cases. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks, buy this was in July 2020, two years ago. Please connect the dots to 2022.

Watchful Eye said...

And this surprises whom? During his public tenure, Smith's office was a den of iniquity, dishonesty, misconduct and shame.

Anonymous said...

It never stops-

Anonymous said...

As others have so clearly stated on this site before, Next.

Anonymous said...

In Mississippi, money can "fix" just about anything, right?

Anonymous said...

You know it's bad when even the underlings aren't worried about being held to account.

Anonymous said...

Does this allow for people to appeal all decisions durning rss tenure as DA

Anonymous said...

RSS was a made man with the dope boys. So are a lot of Jackson public officials.

Kingfish said...

This one flew underneath my radar so I missed it two years ago. The case is still pending so JJ would have still reported the adjudication of the case as well as sentencing if it occurred. Corruption in a District Attorney's office is always a story, even more so when it is part of an established pattern.

Anonymous said...

10:47 has a statute of limitations on crime reporting.

Clearly that has worked for the criminals in Jackson before.

By all means, carry on and enjoy the fruits of your inaction?

Anonymous said...

Please connect the dots to 2022.

If you need a remedial publication you probably should look elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

RSS ran a loose ship and allowed his assistants too much autonomy in handling their assigned divisions. When there is no accountability in an office structure you're asking for trouble. Smith was probably not aware but he should have been. He was under so much scrutiny himself that he would have been caught had he been involved but that does not excuse the actions of his subordinates.

Anonymous said...

How many others like this are out there? My friend keeps asking me like I know something.

Anonymous said...

Smith was crooked as hell, and his failures to prosecute, missing case files, etc. are now bearing much fruit, in the form of homicides, car-jackings, etc., committed by people who should have been off the street long ago.

Is that sufficient, 10:47?

Anonymous said...

RSS was doing drugs the whole time.

Get It? said...

This whole thing raises an eyebrow.

Kingfish said...

There is a reason the fiend was inattentive to his office.

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