First arrests made in Birmingham Water Works Board probe

December 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The chairwoman of the scandal-plagued Birmingham Water Works Board and two others were arrested Wednesday on felony ethics charges.

BWW chairwoman Sherry Lewis was indicted by a special grand jury earlier this week on charges of misusing her office for personal gain, or the gain of a family member, voting on matters in which she had a personal interest and soliciting or accepting anything for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action.

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Rhino Poachers Indicted in Montgomery

October 28, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 23, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Montgomery announced 18 indictments against two South African nationals, Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, and their company Valinor Trading CC (doing business as: Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris).

The pair were charged with conspiracy, Lacey Act violations, mail fraud, money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting requirements. The Lacey Act is America’s oldest criminal statute addressing illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking. Under the Lacey Act, it is illegal to sell animal hunts that are conducted in violation of state, federal, tribal as well as foreign law.
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