Sean Anthony Pleads Not Guilty in Utility Authority Scandal

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The Harrison County Utility Authority scandal revolves around bribes taken to favor contracts for construction company, S.H. Anthony. Tuesday, contractor, Sean Anthony, made his initial court appearance for his role in the Harrison County Utility Authority scandal.

The man whose name has been up in the air ever since news of the Harrison County Utility Authority scandal broke in December has finally appeared in federal court, pleading not guilty in his initial appearance. Anthony is accused of bribing former Utility Authority Director, Kamran Pahlavan, and board member, Kim Savant, to approve contracts favoring his construction company. Joe Sam Owen, Sean Anthony’s attorney, says, "We want to proceed with information because that way we can dispose of it without having to go through the grand jury."

Anthony waived the indictment in the case and agreed to prosecution by a bill of information, meaning he will not need to appear before a grand jury. Anthony is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years’ probation.

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Anthony was rumored to change his plea from not guilty to guilty immediately following his initial appearance, however that did not happen and he will have a change of plea hearing at a later date. Owen confirms Anthony will switch to a guilty plea when the case is assigned to a district judge. He says, "It just depends on who it’s assigned to and when he sets it."

While Sean Anthony waits on a date for his plea hearing, Kim Savant awaits his sentencing on March 26th, also facing up to five years. Pahlavan plead not guilty to five federal charges and faces up to 60 years in prison. His trial is set for July 13th.

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