WASHINGTON – Eleven individuals, including four current Alabama state legislators, three lobbyists, two business owners and one of their employees, and an employee of the Alabama legislature have been charged for their roles in a conspiracy to offer to and to bribe legislators for their votes and influence on proposed legislation, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and Assistant Director Kevin Perkins of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.
The defendants are charged in an indictment returned by a grand jury on Oct. 1, 2010, in Montgomery, Ala., which was unsealed today. Various defendants are charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including conspiracy, federal program bribery, extortion, money laundering, honest services mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice and making a false statement. They will make initial appearances today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry F. Moorer.
“Today, charges were unsealed against 11 legislators, businessmen, lobbyists and associates who, together, are alleged to have formed a corrupt network whose aim was to buy and sell votes in the Alabama legislature in order to directly benefit the business interests of two defendants, Milton McGregor and Ronald Gilley,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. “The people of Alabama, like all our citizens, deserve to have representatives who act in the public’s interest, not for their own personal financial gain. Vote-buying, like the kind alleged in this indictment, corrodes the public’s faith in our democratic institutions and cannot go unpunished.”
- Milton E. McGregor, 71, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- Ronald E. Gilley, 45, of Enterprise, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of federal program bribery, 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, and four counts of money laundering;
- Jarrod D. Massey, 39, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, five counts of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- Thomas E. Coker, 70, of Lowndesboro, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- Robert B. Geddie Jr., 60, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of federal program bribery, 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice;
- Jarrell W. Walker Jr., 36, of Lanett, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- Harri Anne H. Smith, 48, of Slocomb, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of federal program bribery, one count of extortion, 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, and four counts of money laundering;
- Larry P. Means, 63, of Attalla, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of federal program bribery, two counts of attempted extortion, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud;
- James E. Preuitt, 75, of Talladega, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of federal program bribery, one count of attempted extortion, 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, and one count of making a false statement;
- Quinton T. Ross Jr., 41, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, two counts of federal program bribery, two counts of attempted extortion, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud; and
- Joseph R. Crosby, 61, of Montgomery, Ala., was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of federal program bribery, and 11 counts of honest services mail and wire fraud.no heads, senators, lobbyists indicted
By PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press Writer Phillip Rawls, Associated Press Writer –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The owner of Alabama’s largest casino, four state senators and several top lobbyists have been indicted on federal charges accusing them of vote buying in an effort to get a bill passed that would have legalized electronic bingo in the state.
The indictment, which has 11 defendants, was released Monday as FBI agents made arrests at several locations across Alabama.
It accuses the casino owners and statehouse figures of conspiring to make payments and campaign donations to affect “pro-gambling legislation.”
VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor was among those indicted. His casino, now shut down, has more than 6,000 electronic bingo machines. Also indicted was Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley of Dothan and state Sens. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb, James Prueitt of Talladega, Larry Means of Gadsden and Quinton Ross Jr. of Montgomery.
The indictment was dated Friday but not made public until arrests were made Monday. The Justice Department, in a statement, said the accused acted “in a conspiracy to offer and bribe legislators for their votes and influence on proposed legislation.”
Also indicted were lobbyists Tom Coker and Bob Geddie, who represent VictoryLand; lobbyist Jarrod Massey and public relations executive Jay Walker, who represent Country Crossing; and Ray Crosby, an attorney for the Legislature who helped write gambling legislation.
Who would loan $70+ Million to an illegal gambling establishment?
Who just raised their head?
Uncle Bucky Bush’s Lord Abbett just filed for a Federal injunction to prohibit the Alabama Illegal Gambling Task Force from interfering with the Illegal Gambling Operation they financed.
I wonder if the Federal Judge is a Bush Appointee?
Will he recuse himself if he is?
Federal Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. was appointed by Bush in ’06 and is from Michigan and it seems he may not be licensed to practice law in Alabama.
William H.T. “Uncle Bucky” Bush is on the Board of Lord Abbett.
Wallace Capel, Jr. is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He was appointed to this position on December 13, 2006. He was previously a magistrate for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
The Lord Abbett Municipal Income Fund, Inc. v. Tyson et al Filed: May 27, 2010 as 1:2010cv00477 Updated: May 27, 2010 20:06:24 Plaintiff: The Lord Abbett Municipal Income Fund, Inc. Defendants: John M. Tyson, Jr. and Robert M. Riley Judge: Wallace Capel Cause Of Action: Diversity-Declaratory Judgement Court: Alabama > Middle District Court
Cooperative District – Country Crossing Project 99B Board Meeting
John S Keppy
Posted by: JSKeppy
Date: Jun 01 2010 3:40 PM
Dothan: The Cooperative District of Houston County – Country Crossing Project met this morning to discuss and vote on two agenda items that finalized actions that the 99B board had taken last Wednesday.
At a meeting last week, the board agreed to purchase 52.4 acres of land that Country Crossing improvements are on, along with the sewer rights for the property. The purchase was made from Resorts Developement Group, who’s sole member, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s web site is Ronnie Gilley Properties, LLC. Prior to the agreed purchase, the property was leased by the district. The $7 million purchase was funded by Lord Abbett Mutual Funds, currently holding $5 million in bonds for the District.
At that same meeting, a motion was made to open a bank account for the Distirct. One board member, Dr. Peter Zloty said he was unaware of the motion to create the bank account and asked that it be tabled until he could review the details of the account.
Today, the motion was made to open a bank account, which according to the District’s manager, Pfil Hunt, will allow the district to disperse funds for the day to day expenses of the District such as accounting and auditing fees. The $7 million for the purchase of the land and sewer rights was made by wire transfer.
In a separate motion that was approved today, a utility disposition agreement was made that should the District default on its payments, the sewer rights would transfer to the current bond holders at the time.
Lord Abbett late last week filed a federal suit seeking a temporary and permanent injunction against the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling to prevent any actions on the part of the Task Force that would impede the revenue stream to repay the bonds. The suit argues that when the Houston County Circuit Court approved the bond series, it accepted fees on bingo machines as a legitimate form of payment. The suit was filed on behalf of Lord Abbett by the Birmingham law firm of Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC.
Order of Dismissal in Lord Abbett v. John Tyson lawsuit:
“UNCLE BUCKY” BUSH’S LORD ABBETT FAMILY OF MUTUAL FUNDS.
Robert S. Dow
Daria L. Foster
William H.T. “Bucky” Bush
Robert B. Calhoun, Jr.
Julie A. Hill
Franklin W. Hobbs
Thomas J. Neff
James L.L. Tullis
William Henry Trotter “Bucky” Bush (born July 14, 1938 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is the youngest son of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush, the younger brother of former President George H.W. Bush, and the uncle of former President George W. Bush.
He earned a BA from Yale University in 1960.
Bush has worked in banking and venture capital, and sits on a number of corporate boards. In 1986 he founded Bush O’Donnell & Co., and remains the CEO of that firm. He has worked on the election campaigns of George H.W., George W., and Jeb Bush, primarily as a fundraiser.
He resides in St. Louis, Missouri, also the home of his late
grandfather George Herbert Walker.
A former president of and director of the St. Louis-based Boatmen’s
Bancshares from 1978 to 1986 he is active in various St. Louis civic
functions including being chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University (1985-92), chairman of the Missouri Botanical Gardens (1991-93) and president of the Municipal Opera Association
In 2005, reports emerged that Bush had garnered significant profits from the sale of Engineered Support Systems, a defense contractor working for The Pentagon in Iraq and Afghanistan. Further reports in 2006 corroborated these stock sales in the range of $1.9million.
Lead Independent Director, Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds
Thayer Bigelow Lead Independent Director, Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds serves as the Lead Independent Director for the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds, and is the Managing General Partner of Bigelow Media, LLC, a media investment and consulting firm. Mr. Bigelow joined Lord Abbett’s Family of Mutual Funds as an outside director in 1994.
Mr. Bigelow spent more than 30 years working for Time Inc. and Time Warner. For the last two years of his career at Time Warner, he was interim CEO of Court Room Television Network.
He joined Time Inc. in the Controller’s Department in 1967. Mr.
Bigelow was promoted to Manager of Accounting three years later. In 1973, he was named Vice President and Treasurer of Manhattan Cable Television, Inc., a Time Inc. subsidiary. He was named President of MCTV in 1976 and held the post for three years. In 1980, Mr. Bigelow was appointed Senior Vice President for Finance and Corporate Development of Time-Life Films, Inc., another company subsidiary. The following year, Mr. Bigelow was named Assistant to the Group Vice President of Video for Time Inc., and at the same time was named President of Time-Life Video. In 1982, he was named Treasurer and Vice President of Time Inc.
Mr. Bigelow was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Time Inc. in
1984, and before joining HBO four years later, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of American Television and Communications Corp., of which Time Inc. was then an 82 percent owner. In 1991, he was named the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Programming, Inc., after having been President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Box Office, Inc. for three years.
In addition to his key role on Lord Abbett’s Family of Mutual Funds
Board, Mr. Bigelow is Director of Crane Co. and Huttig Building
Products, Inc. He is also is a member of the Board of Trustees of
After serving two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Bigelow
graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned his MBA at the University of Virginia, Colgate Darden Business School.
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Order on Lord Abbett Suit: