Chris Epps’ wife hires attorney in forfeiture case

Attorney Richard Troberman will represent Catherlean Epps. Her husband pleaded guilty to two counts of a 49-count federal indictment. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 9.

As part of his plea agreement to accepting bribes and filing a false income tax return, Epps agreed to forfeit approximately $1 million in investment and bank accounts, his Flowood home, a condo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and two Mercedes Benz vehicles. He also agreed never to seek public office or be employed in any public sector job.

However, Epps’ wife hadn’t given up any of her rights to any of the property including the couple’s more than $300,000 Flowood home.

Troberman said he is in the case strictly to represent Mrs. Epps in what is called a third party claim.

“My role is to protect her rights,” Troberman said. “She isn’t accused of any wrongdoing in this and many of the assets were purchased with some of her earnings.”

Clarion Ledger