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Two retired, two active MHP employees indicted

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By Howard Ballou - bio | email

A year-long investigation into criminal activity within the Mississippi Department of Public Safety ends with federal indictments.

The indictments were against two retired and two active Mississippi Highway Patrol employees.

The first is Johnny Rawls who is retired.  He was charged with fixing a ticket for a commercial driver's license holder.

And Joseph Rigby, also retired, was charged with two counts of falsifying commercial driver's license test results, altering his own commercial driver's license by adding endorsements for hazardous cargo and school bus driving, and altering someone's record to say "pending" instead of "guilty" of speeding.

Darrell Walker is now on administrative leave without pay.  He was charged with altering his commercial driver's license.

And James Smith, also on leave without pay, was charged with three counts of fixing tickets for a commercial driver's license holder, altering someone's record for speeding from pending to "not guilty," and altering someone's record for running a stop sign.

Commissioner Stephen Simpson released a statement Thursday saying his department requested outside help with an internal investigation of irregularities discovered in the MHP Commercial Driver's License Division.

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