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October 1, 2015

Former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

GULFPORT, MI—Former Harrison County supervisor Kim Savant, 65, of Gulfport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden today to sixty months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bribery, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, IRS—Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Jerome McDuffie and FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway. Savant was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

Savant previously pled guilty to a criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with his role as a board member of the Harrison County Utility Authority. Savant admitted that, from January 2011 through January 2013, while he was a supervisor for Harrison County and a member of the board of the Harrison County Utility Authority, he conspired with the owner of a company that performed work for the utility authority and accepted bribe payments in the amount of $1,500 per month in exchange for his official actions such as voting on the awarding of contracts, payments, emergency work, and other items.

U.S. Attorney Davis praised the efforts of special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation for their work on the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan who prosecuted the case.

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