OXFORD – Disgraced Ecru insurance executive Ken Nowlin accuses Lafayette County officials and two attorneys, including his own, for conspiring to ruin him.
Nowlin’s federal lawsuit claims they deprived him of his property and his liberty, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment due process clause.
His four-count claim seeks actual and punitive damages, as well as a jury trial.
Nowlin served almost 15 months and paid nearly $276,000 in restitution after pleading guilty three years ago to one count of a 53-count federal indictment, which accused him of a conspiracy to corruptly accept some $827,000 in insurance commissions.
Defendants include Lafayette supervisors’ attorney David O’Donnell, Lafayette supervisors’ President Johnny Morgan and the other four county supervisors – Billy Lamb, Robert Blackmon, Keith Brown and Kenny Arbuckle.
They have yet to respond to his accusations, which are just one side of a legal issue.
Nowlin’s Jackson-area attorneys, Cynthia Stewart and Precious Martin Sr., claim their client was personally and professionally ruined so that insurance executive Morgan could get his business, which serviced more than 30 municipal and county insurance plans in north Mississippi.
They say the defendants, actively or passively, supported a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation of Nowlin and his consultant, former Supervisor Gary Massey, about financial dealings they had while Massey was a supervisor.
Nowlin accuses his criminal case attorney, Anthony Farese of Ashland, of failing to believe his repeated assertions of innocence, failure to investigate and advising him only that if he did not plead guilty, he could go to prison for 75 years.
He insists Farese’s motive “could only have been to assist Morgan and O’Donnell,” whom he says wanted to file a lawsuit against the insurance plan carriers.
The lawsuit sought to recover insurance profits made while Massey worked for Nowlin.
Farese termed Nowlin’s allegations “absolutely false and ludicrous.” He said they will be “shown so in court.”
O’Donnell could not be reached for comment for himself or the supervisors.
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