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Businessman arrested again on bribery charge

A Biloxi businessman accused of bribing a city code-enforcement officer has been arrested on another bribery charge and an embezzlement complaint.

Police arrested Trong Dinh “Tony” Do on Friday on allegations of trying to bribe a second officer, investigator Carl Short said. Short said the officer did not accept the bribe.

Do, 55, of Biloxi, had been free on $25,000 bond since his Oct. 6 arrest on the first bribery charge. In that case a code-enforcement officer, Joseph William Richard, also was arrested and accused of approving substandard construction projects.

Police have said Do, who owns several businesses, has several projects under construction.

The embezzlement charge alleges that Do stole a stove he had stored for a woman who had been a business associate. The stove was among equipment the state had provided to replace Hurricane Katrina-damaged appliances for a day-care center, Short said.

Authorities say Do had agreed to store the equipment but later told the woman the stove was broken, and he tried to give her a dilapidated one.

A judge ordered Do held on $75,000 bond on the latest charges. It could not be determined Saturday if he had an attorney.