Former Congressional staffer facing new federal charges

JACKSON, Miss. (Mississippi News Now) – A now-former Congressional staffer is facing a second round of federal charges. He’s already serving a sentence for tax evasion.

Lanier Avant served as Congressman Bennie Thompson’s chief of staff since 2002. In the midst of more scrutiny, we’ve learned he’s no longer on staff…

…Thompson issued the following statement Monday:

“Mr. Avant is no longer employed with my office. I appreciate his service over the years to my office and to the people of the Second Congressional District of Mississippi.”