A Georgia businessman charged in connection with the beef plant debacle that cost Mississippi taxpayers millions of dollars pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to corruptly influence a public official.

Robert Moultrie, chairman and chief executive of the Facility Group of Smyrna, Ga., admitted that he gave $25,000 in campaign contributions to the re-election campaign of then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Moultrie is set to be sentenced in 45 to 60 days before U.S. Judge Mike Mills.
Musgrove has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

When asked in March about the contributions, Musgrove through campaign manager Amanda Crumley told The Associated Press that he had “nothing to do with the awarding of any of the contracts related to the beef processing plant and at no time did anyone try to influence him regarding the awarding of such contracts.”

Clarion Ledger