24 Apr 2014
By Lee Hedgepeth and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
The following statement was released by the Office of the Attorney General in reference to the arrest and indictment of Representative Barry Moore, R-Enterprise:
"MONTGOMERY—Acting as Attorney General in this matter, W. Van Davis announced the arrest today of Felix Barry Moore, a representative from the 91st District in the Alabama House of Representatives, for felony perjury and providing false statements. Representative Moore, 47, of Enterprise, surrendered today to special agents of the Attorney General’s Office at the Lee County Jail."
Acting Attorney General Davis is a supernumerary district attorney who was appointed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to handle matters regarding an ongoing investigation involving potential public corruption in Alabama. Rep. Moore’s indictment* arises out of that matter.
Acting Attorney General Davis and attorneys with the Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Lee County Special Grand Jury resulting in Rep. Moore’s indictment. Specifically, the indictment charges Rep. Moore with:
· Count one: providing false statements relating to any matter under investigation by the Attorney General;
· Count two: perjury in the first degree;
· Count three: providing false statements relating to any matter under investigation by the Attorney General; and
· Count four: perjury in the first degree;
If convicted, Rep. Moore faces a maximum penalty of one to ten years imprisonment and fines of up to $15,000.00 for each count of providing false statements and perjury, both of which are Class C Felonies.
“It is a serious crime to provide false statements to a grand jury,” said Acting Attorney General Davis. “All citizens who testify before a grand jury must testify truthfully – even elected public officials. Any witness who makes a false statement in the matter under investigation by the Lee County Special Grand Jury will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of their political affiliation or position.”
Acting Attorney General Davis commended those who are handling this case, noting in particular Special Prosecutions Division Chief Matt Hart, Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy and investigators with the Special Prosecutions Division.
No further information about the investigation or about Moore’s alleged crimes other than stated in the indictment may be release at this time. No additional comment will be available at this time."
Representative Moore's attorney released the following statement today, denying Moore's guilt:
“Regrettably, Rep. Barry Moore has been made the subject of a grand jury indictment alleging that he perjured himself by failing to recall a telephone call which occurred seven months before he was asked about this alleged conversation. Rep. Moore strenuously denies that he is guilty of any wrongdoing, or that he has perjured himself in any way, and he looks forward to being afforded a day in court to defend himself against these baseless charges."
"With only six weeks left to go before the election, what happened today can only be characterized as an attempt to deny the voters of Coffee County the opportunity to choose their own State Representative. Barry Moore’s campaign opponent has stated repeatedly that he was provided with confidential details of the Attorney General’s investigation, and these confidential details have been freely used in his campaign against Rep. Moore. Despite the unfair and untrue nature of these attacks, Mr. Moore has not been free to defend himself in the court of public opinion due to the constraints of the investigate process. The timing of today’s charges, and the facts and circumstances surrounding this case are a clear indication of the political undertones of this prosecution."
"To this point, Barry Moore has not been allowed to defend himself in any way against these baseless allegations. However, he does want the people of Coffee County and the State of Alabama to know that he is, in every respect, innocent of the charges that have been levied against him, and looks forward to having the opportunity to prove his innocence emphatically in a court of law.”
24 Apr 2014
By Lee Hedgepeth and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY – Representative Barry Moore, R-Enterprise has now become the first person criminally indicted in relation to the public corruption investigation culminating in a Lee County special grand jury and likely focusing on Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.
Officials with the Attorney General's Office have confirmed that Moore was indicted yesterday and surrendered himself to authorities in Lee County today. He has been charges with four felonies: two counts of perjury and two counts of misleading investigators.
Moore was elected in 2010 after Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard courted he and his wife to run for a seat in the legislature during what became branded as the “storming” of the State House.
Indeed, in Hubbard's book entitled, Storming the State House – the Auburn native writes extensively about his efforts to Moore and his wife, who Hubbard deems a “fireball,” to the tune of over a dozen pages.
Now, four years after that historic undertaking, both men seem to be in hot water.
Moore is now taking the first fall, being the first formal criminal indictment to roll out of the investigation, which Republican Attorney General Luther Strange has handed over to an Acting AG and a special prosecutor.
Former Representative Greg Wren resigned his post and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using is office for personal gain at the beginning of April, so no indictment was necessary in that case.
Taking into consideration the circumstances, it seems Wren's voluntary fess up may have caused the downfall of the Goat Hill house of cards.
Hubbard, who was directly implicated in Wren's plea bargain documents, has for years been providing lucrative financial deals to his own business interests with both state and campaign funds.
Moore is also guilty of similar feats, with his business having gained three state contracts within two years of his being elected to the State House in 2010, despite its never having done business with the State of Alabama before. The contracts, one in 2011 and two in 2012, amount to over $60,000 that went from the taxpayer's pocket to Moore's.
Alabama Political Reporter coverage of these contracts and their implications can be seen here.
In addition, Moore is on record having threatened over a hundred jobs in his hometown unless his primary opponent, Joshua Pipkin, drop out of the June GOP primary.
APR released the audio tape here, and reported on the fact that Moore purportedly was doing so at the orders of Speaker Hubbard.
Despite the clear, recorded conversation between Pipkin and Moore that was published by APR, Moore denied the story's legitimacy to the Southeast Sun here.
Ironically, APR later discovered that the jobs that were possibly under fire were ones at Enterprise Electric Corporation, a company – one getting taxpayer money – that had bought Representative Moore's home in Enterprise in 2012 for $650,000.
All of these stories blew up even further when Moore himself, commenting on an APR story on facebook, elicited an acidic response from his opponent – Joshua Pipkin's – wife. The post, seen below, details the “threats” allegedly leveled at Pipkin and the House district, and confirmed Pipkin and Moore's having testified before Lee County's special grand jury:
“Barry. I'm sorry for a lot of things, too. I am sorry that, when I was heavily pregnant with twins, you chose to threaten my family. I'm sorry that, on the evening of these threats, I went to my parents' house at midnight sobbing, scared and disgusted. I'm sorry that you made the same threats to people around the community. I'm sorry that Josh and these community leaders had to miss time from work to spend time testifying in front of a Lee County Grand Jury. I'm very sorry you used your own constituents' jobs as a bargaining chip. I'm sorry about the other unscrupulous tactics you've used to deprive the citizens of Coffee County of a choice this election season."
"You and Mike Hubbard had been a part of the Lee County grand jury investigation long before Josh decided to run. Your actions were being monitored by the AG's office. Josh was contacted and informed that threats were going to be made by you and Mike Hubbard. He was advised to allow the attorney general's office access to these conversations. He has done nothing but cooperate with the attorney general. He would love to comment now but he can't because of Grand Jury Secrecy Laws. You know every bit of this to be true and hired a defense attorney the second the AG played the conversation for you. I am proud of Josh for having the fortitude to stand up to the corruption in Montgomery. You should be ashamed of yourself...When you went to Montgomery, we believed you would change things, not become a part of the problem. This is exactly why good men don't get into politics.”
The Attorney General's Office has not released any information on what Moore perjured himself about, and all information gleaned by the Lee County grand jury is secret, by law.
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