U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Mississippi
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December 16, 2015

Calhoun County Supervisor Arrested on Extortion Charges

OXFORD, MS—Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi and Donald Alway, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi announce that:

Ernest McKinnley Fox, 66, a Calhoun County, Mississippi Supervisor, was arrested today on charges of extortion under color of official right, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951.

Fox appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday, December 21 at 2 p.m. in Oxford, Mississippi.

If convicted Fox faces maximum possible penalties of twenty years’ imprisonment, a $250,000, fine, and five years’ supervised release.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt and that each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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