Angola major arrested at state pen on federal charges
ANGOLA - Multiple sources have confirmed to WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that a high-ranking official at Angola was arrested this week and picked up by the FBI.
According to a booking sheet the Investigative Unit obtained, Christopher James is accused of some type of conspiracy. The investigation was lengthy and went on for about a year according to our sources.
We have learned that James was employed by the Wilkinson County Sheriff as a side job outside of his full-time employment at Angola.
James was held in Mississippi by the feds until his arraignment. He entered a not guilty plea to the following charges: attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and fraud by wire. He's no longer listed in the jail system as of late Thursday morning. He posted a $10,000 bond.
An unsealed federal indictment alleges James tried to defraud an insurance company claiming an ATV had been stolen. Part of the scheme included acting in his capacity as Deputy Sheriff of Wilkinson County, Mississippi to write a false offense report. The ATV had not been stolen.
A Department of Corrections spokesperson tells WBRZ that James' arrest does not involve anything at Angola or the DOC, and he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the federal investigation.