Birmingham Waterworks Board chairwoman indicted

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Chairman of the Birmingham Water Works Board Sherry Lewis was indicted Wednesday for violating Alabama’s ethics laws.

Along with Lewis, the state and FBI also arrested a former vice president at Arcadis – the company formerly known as Malcolm Pirnie – Jerry Jones, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Jones was the vice president of engineering company, Arcadis. He managed the company’s multimillion dollar business with Birmingham Water Works.

Read More

Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

Read More

Auburn Athletics may be about to fire Bruce Pearl

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2017, Auburn University fired assistant men’s basketball coach, Auburn/NBA basketball legend, Chuck Person.

Person was indicted by a federal criminal grand jury Tuesday on six counts fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a financial manager paid $91,500 worth of bribes to Person to refer clients to financial advisor Marty Blazer.  Former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, was allegedly the go-between between Blazer a shoe company and Person and the other coaches.  Person allegedly then gave $18,500 to the parents of two un-named Auburn players.  According to the FBI, Adidas, Auburn’s sponsoring shoe and apparel company, is named as being involved in this scandal.  Blazer is cooperating with federal authorities.

Read More

Sewell says Congress must hear from Manafort, Gates and Papadopoalos

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, it was announced that former Trump 2016 Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, had both been indicted by charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller also announced that former Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos had accepted a guilty plea.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, said that all three men should have to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

Read More

Alabama’s leaders respond to New York City terror attack

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS, rented a truck from Home Depot and used it to run over pedestrians in a park in New York City’s lower Manhattan.

Eight people are dead, including several Argentinians, and another eleven have serious injuries. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was shot twice and apprehended by New York City Police Officer Ryan Nash and is now in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Americans across the country reacted to the latest terror attack with shock and sorrow.

Read More

An ill wind blows across the Auburn plains with Jacobs’ latest actions

October 30, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent brawl between two student-athletes at Auburn University is adding to calls for the embattled Athletic Director to step down, according to a well-placed source.

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs’ attempt to intervene after two AU football players engaged in a raucous fistfight during a fraternity party over the third weekend in October is just the latest episode in a death spiral of controversy surrounding the beleaguered Jacobs.
Read More

Sessions announces plan to fight violent crime

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) announced several Department of Justice actions to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Foremost of those actions is the reinvigoration of “Project Safe Neighborhoods.”

“According to the FBI, the violent crime rate has risen by nearly seven percent over the past two years, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent. We cannot be complacent or hope that this is just an anomaly: we have a duty to take action,” Attorney General Sessions said in a statement.

Read More

Bank robber sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison

October 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced that a federal judge has sentenced a Birmingham man to more than seven years in prison for three bank robberies in 2014.

Patrick Dexter Jones, age 49, pleaded guilty to the three bank robberies before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala. Jones admitted to robbing a Regions Bank branch on Inverness Center Drive in Hoover on Jan. 9, 2014, a BBVA Compass Bank branch on Shades Creek Parkway in Homewood on Jan. 21, 2014, and a Wells Fargo branch on Sixth Avenue South in Birmingham on Feb. 14, 2014. In the first two robberies, Jones presented notes demanding money. In the third, Jones presented two plastic bags and instructed the teller to put cash in the bags, according to his plea.

Read More

US Senate confirms three Alabamians this week

August 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Yesterday, the US Senate confirmed Jay E. Town as US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.  The Senate also confirmed, another Alabamian, Stephen Boyd as Assistant Attorney General.  On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Birmingham Attorney Kevin Newsom for the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said on social media, “Today, the Senate confirmed 60 of President Donald J. Trump’s s nominees, including two fine Alabamians. That’s more than the rest of the year combined.”
Read More

Reaction to Oliver Robinson’s guilty plea

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) entered guilty pleas to Federal charges of fraud, bribery, corruption, and tax evasion.

Rep. Robinson resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives last year, claiming that there was a conflict of interest with his serving in the legislature and his daughter working for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

On Thursday the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the IRS claim that Robinson accepted bribes from powerful Birmingham law firm, Balch and Bingham for Robinson to advocate against expansion of a massive EPA Superfund site in Birmingham. Balch & Bingham client, Drummond Coal and its affiliate ABC Coke, would have potentially had to pay $millions to cleanup more neighborhoods in Birmingham.
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter