Alabama Lawmaker, Lobbyist Charged in Bribery Scheme

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An Alabama legislator and a lobbyist who once chaired the Alabama Republican Party appeared in federal court Monday on conspiracy charges related to payments made to another lawmaker to advance an insurance bill.

State Republican Rep. Jack D. Williams of Vestavia Hills and lobbyist Marty Connors were arrested and charged Monday with conspiracy to commit bribery and mail fraud, authorities said. Each appeared shackled at the waist and wrists before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody in Montgomery.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Ross said Williams and Connors were arrested at their homes Monday morning. Neither has a lawyer or entered a plea, but both indicated that they plan to hire counsel. Each was being released on bail.

The California-based owner of Trina Health diabetes treatment centers, G. Ford Gilbert, also was arrested, according to authorities. The third defendant wasn’t in court and it wasn’t immediately clear from court records whether Gilbert has an attorney.

Prosecutors said in a statement announcing the arrests that Gilbert had paid then-state Rep. Micky Hammon, who was the Alabama Republican majority leader, to promote legislation in 2016 that would require a prominent insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, to cover treatments at Trina clinics.

Read the original article here: abcnews.go.com


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