Two Shelby County residents plead guilty to conspiracy in pawn shop fencing ring

November 1, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged two Shelby County residents with conspiring to operate a large-scale pawn shop fencing ring.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams announced that the federal government has charged Steve Randall Scott, 59, of Shelby County and Puerto Rico, and Sarah Vickers, also known as Sarah Elizabeth Cahill and Sarah Vickers Morrow, 39, of Shelby County, with one count of conspiring to transport stolen goods across state lines.

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Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Federal Grand Jury indicts two lawyers and Drummond Vice President in conspiracy to bribe Oliver Robinson

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A Federal Grand Jury indicted two Birmingham lawyers and an Alabama coal company executive on charges of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

The indictment charges that the three paid former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who has already pleaded guilty, to take official action favorable to their interests in connection with preventing the expansion and prioritization of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in North Birmingham.

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Oliver Robinson shouldn’t go to jail alone

June 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oliver Robinson is going to jail.

Quite a few others should be going with him.

If Robinson, a former State Representative, wants to redeem himself and maybe help the constituents he’s sold out, he’ll spend the next few weeks and months working to make sure the jail cells around him are filled with other suit-wearing, fast-talking, greased-palm hustlers who have hijacked our State political system.
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Sanctions Never Discussed for BCBS After Reporting Allegation 

November 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A spalling class-action antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) alleges that policy holders (subscribers) in Alabama pay a higher rate for health insurance, because of an “illegal conspiracy to unlawfully divide and allocate the geographic markets for health insurance in the United States,” according to the federal suit.

BCBS contends it has acted within the law and has done nothing wrong.

Unsealed depositions given by BCBS Chief Actuary Noel Carden, as well as Steven Ostlund of the Alabama Department of Insurance (ALDOI), would appear to go beyond the accusations that individuals pay more for insurance in Alabama, because of how BCBS restricts competitions, according to the lawsuit.
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Depositions Suggest Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rate Variations Were Kept from Lawmakers, Public

October 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Newly released depositions in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) give rise to charges of inflated rates and a nationally coordinated plan to control insurance markets, according to federal court filings.

A written statement received by The Alabama Political Reporter claims, “Blue Cross and Blue Shield are defendants in a series of federal class actions alleging that the Blues are engaging in a nationwide conspiracy to suppress competition in violation of federal antitrust law, including unlawfully conspiring to divide up their respective markets and agreeing to suppress competition among themselves within those markets artificially.”
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