Company picked for Alabama prison care sued in Mississippi

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A company selected to provide health care for Alabama's prisons is being sued by the state of Mississippi for its alleged role in a bribery scheme.

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 3:14 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A company selected to provide health care for Alabama's prisons is being sued by the state of Mississippi for its alleged role in a bribery scheme.

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it picked the Pennsylvania-based Wexford Health Sources to provide medical care in state prisons. Contract negotiations should be complete by February.

But Wexford is among a dozen companies sued by the state of Mississippi in February for allegedly using consultants to pay bribes and kickbacks to then-Mississippi prison commissioner Chris Epps. He was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison in May in a bribery scheme.

A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections hasn't returned a message seeking comment on whether the agency knew about the allegations. A Wexford representative also didn't return an email seeking comment.

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12/15/2017 12:20:32 PM (GMT -6:00)

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