Melvin Could Face Federal Racketeering charges
Former Lee County Sheriff E. J. "Big Dog" Melvin
Another alleged plot had Melvin extorting money from drug dealers in exchange for the sheriff's protection.
Those two plots are violations of the Hobbs Act, a federal law that prohibits extortion through intimidation or force, as well as affecting interstate commerce.
In another alleged plot, Melvin had a woman who worked for Lee County funnel federal funds to him through a county program to help fund 'parties' he hosted, investigators allege.
Melvin and the woman, whom Moore said was Melvin's girlfriend, took in at least $5,000 in one year through the plot, the prosecutor said..." full story