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February 28, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
More Indictments Possible in Two-Year College Corruption Case
(2008-01-25)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - For nearly three years, the big question surrounding an investigation of Alabama's two-year colleges was when might prosecutors go after Roy Johnson, the fired chancellor of the system. There's a new question now that Johnson has agreed to plead guilty to 15 felony counts: What other state leaders could get swept up in the mess?

Dozens of state legislators or their relatives have jobs in two-year schools. Johnson admitted using his job to help relatives of unnamed school board members get jobs within the two-year system and to providing "secret political support" to board members by sending money and campaign help their way.

Johnson also will plead guilty to a single state ethics charge. Assistant Alabama Attorney General Richard Minor called the case a "textbook example" of greed and corruption.

Two former suppliers have pleaded guilty to paying bribes to Johnson, and prosecutors have filed civil suits against two others that were allegedly involved, Hall-Taylor Construction Company of Tuscaloosa and Anniston architect Julian Jenkins.

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