Federal prosecutors have dismissed a public corruption case against former Harrison County Utility Authority Director Kamran Pahlavan, reserving the right to bring future charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan filed the motion Monday in U.S. District Court to dismiss five charges against Pahlavan: conspiracy to defraud the government, bribery involving federal programs, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, and making false statements to the FBI.
“We maintain Kamran Pahlavan’s innocence and we’re happy that the government saw fit to dismiss the case,” said Pahlavan’s attorney, Peter Barrett. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we’re pleased to be where we are right now.”
Barrett, who for years served as an assistant U.S. attorney, declined to make any further comment. But he had recently filed a motion asking that the case against Pahlavan be dismissed. The motion argued Pahlavan served as an FBI informant in the public corruption investigation, providing the very information prosecutors later used to indict him, contrary to a written agreement he had with former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.