Millington mayor arrested on bribery charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Millington mayor arrested on bribery charges

Richard Hodges (Source: Shelby-Sheriff.org) Richard Hodges (Source: Shelby-Sheriff.org)

(WMC-TV) - Authorities say they have arrested Millington Mayor Richard Hodges on bribery charges.

The arrest comes weeks after city offices were raided as part of a corruption probe conducted by the Shelby County District Attorney's Office and the TBI.

Hodges is accused of soliciting money in exchange for political favors.

As he bonded out of the Shelby County Jail five hours after his arrest, Hodges said he was not guilty and would not resign.

According to a press release, agents from the TBI, detectives from the Shelby County District Attorney General's Criminal Investigation Unit and Shelby County sheriff's deputies took Hodges into custody at his office in Millington City Hall at approximately 1:15 PM this afternoon.

When asked if he anticipated others being charges, Hodges responded, "I can't comment."

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into misconduct by public officials in Millington.

District Attorney Amy Weirich said the mayor's arrest was the result of a grand jury action and the investigation is ongoing.  She said it serves as a lesson for more than just elected officials.

"We're all held to a standard of obeying the law, everyone of us, whether we're elected or not," said Weirich.  "We're all held to that standard in a civilized community."

Investigators raided Millington government offices on July 27. Court documents allege Hodges gambled in City Hall and offered a transmission shop owner a Millington police badge in return for money.

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