OXFORD – David Zachary “Zach” Scruggs, 35, appears to be free from U.S. Bureau of Prisons custody after serving a 14-month sentence for knowing about a felony but failing to report it.
Zach, the son of disgraced ex-attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford, reportedly was released from a half-way house transition program in Tupelo on Wednesday. He served the first part of his sentence in a Montgomery, Ala., minimum security facility.
The BOP Web site lists him as “released” Aug. 19 but his new status wasn’t posted until today.
While he lost his law license after he pleaded guilty in March 2008, he still has an accountancy degree to fall back on.
Zach originally was indicted with his father and three others on federal charges they conspired to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City to rule in their favor in a legal-fees lawsuit.
But after his father pleaded guilty, Zach’s bribery charges were dropped for one count of “misprision of a felony,” which means he knew a felony was being committed but he failed to report it.
At his July 2, 2008, sentencing, Zach and his attorneys were surprised when Senior Judge Neal Biggers Jr. ordered him imprisoned for 14 months with a fine of $250,000. The government, in its plead deal with him, had recommended probation.
He surrendered to the BOP on Aug. 15.
His father continues serving more than seven years in prison as punishment for guilty pleas in two judicial bribery schemes. He also lost his law license.
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