Charles Carter, litigation consultant and President of Atlanta-based National Emergency Communications Institute, says he has no plans to file a civil suit against his former contract employee, Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham.
But Carter says he does want to make sure the law is upheld, and before the month is out he's coming to Jackson. "To meet with officials to request that they allow me to file criminal charges against Robert Graham," Carter tells 3 On Your Side via telephone.
Carter alleges that for a number of years, Graham photocopied the company's materials and printed his own certificates. Carter says Graham did not pay the company for the materials, and NECI lost up to $25,000 because of that.
Carter de-certified Graham, and in 2007 he began talking to the Mississippi Attorney General's Office and other Mississippi agencies about the matter.
He's about to re-ignite those talks. "I'm going to provide documentary evidence I have in my possession, and it's in the possession of the State Auditor's Office, that will be turned over to whatever public safety office should take this," Carter says. "If they discover evidence of any cover-up, then I'm sure they will proceed and take appropriate action."
Supervisor Graham's attorney, Lisa Ross, says Carter has presented documentation to state agencies before, and she doesn't expect anything to come out of this latest attempt. "We're not concerned with any criminal charges, Mr. Graham has done nothing wrong. If criminal charges are filed, we'll see (Attorney General) Jim Hood or (Hinds County District Attorney) Robert Smith in court," Ross says.
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