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Former Harrison County utility chief indicted on federal charges

GULFPORT — A former Harrison County supervisor is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to a federal conspiracy charge related to bribes prosecutors say he took from a contractor who was doing business with the local utility authority.

Prosecutors say 65-year-old Kim Savant, who resigned earlier Tuesday from the board of supervisors, agreed to have criminal charges filed against him without an indictment.

The plea hearing is 4 p.m. Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport.

Earlier, former Harrison County Utility Authority chief Kamran Pahlavan pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment that he received bribes from contractor Sean Anthony.

The 54-year-old Pahlavan, who was released on $25,000 bond, faces as many as 60 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines in the indictment.




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