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Federal Bingo Indictments

Federal Bingo Indictments

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Federal Indictment Released October 4th, 2010 on Alabama corruption investigation. Casino owners, four state senators, lobbyists indicted.
Federal Indictment Released October 4th, 2010 on Alabama corruption investigation. Casino owners, four state senators, lobbyists indicted.

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FORTHE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMANORTHERN DIVISIONUNITED STATES OF AMERICA,Plaintiff,v.MILTON E. MCGREGOR,RONALD E. GILLEY,THOMAS E. COKER,ROBERT B. GEDDIE JR.,JARROD D. MASSEY,LARRY P. MEANS,JAMES E. PREUITT,QUINTON T. ROSS JR.,HARRI ANNE H. SMITH,JARRELL W. WALKER JR.,andJOSEPH R. CROSBY,Defendants.)) Crim. No.[18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 666(a)(1)(B), 666(a)(2),1341, 1343, 1346, 1951, 1956(a)(1)(B)(i),1001(a)(2), 1512(c)(2), and 2]INDICTMENT)))))))))))))))))))
The Grand Jury charges that:IntroductionAt all times relevant to this Indictment, unless otherwise stated:The Alabama Legislature1. The Alabama Legislature (the “Legislature”) was a political subdivision within theState of Alabama.2. In fiscal years 2009 and 2010, the State of Alabama received more than $10,000 per year in funds from the United States Government in the form of grants, contracts, subsidies, loans,1
 
guarantees, insurance, and other forms of federal assistance.3. The Legislature was composed of two chambers: the House of Representatives,comprising 105 members, and the Senate, comprising 35 members. The legislative session generallytook place between January and May. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senatewere agents of the State of Alabama.Relevant IndividualsGambling Facility Operators and Employees4. MILTON E.
 
MCGREGOR 
 
owned a controlling
 
interest in Macon
 
County GreyhoundPark, Inc., also known as Victoryland, in Macon County, Alabama, and Jefferson County RacingAssociation, in Jefferson County, Alabama, as well as ownership interests in other entertainment andgaming facilities in Alabama, which offered or sought to offer “electronic bingo” gamblingmachines to the public.5. RONALD E. GILLEY owned a controlling interest in the Country Crossing realestate, entertainment, and gambling development in Houston County, Alabama, which sought tooffer “electronic bingo” gambling machines to the public. MCGREGOR provided financial backingto GILLEY for the construction and operation of Country Crossing, in exchange for a percentageof the business’s gross receipts.6. JARRELL W. WALKER JR. was an employee and spokesman for GILLEY andGILLEY’s Country Crossing enterprise.Lobbyists7. THOMAS E. COKER was a registered lobbyist operating a lobbying and consulting business in Montgomery, Alabama. MCGREGOR was one of COKER’s largest clients.2
 
 
8. ROBERT B. GEDDIE JR. was a registered lobbyist and a partner in a lobbying andconsulting business in Montgomery, Alabama. During the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions,GEDDIE worked as a lobbyist for MCGREGOR.9. JARROD D. MASSEY was a registered lobbyist operating a lobbying and consulting business in Montgomery, Alabama. MASSEY’s largest client was GILLEY.10. Lobbyist A was a registered lobbyist who worked for MASSEY.Alabama Legislators and Staff11. Senator LARRY P. MEANS was serving his third term in the Alabama Senate,representing the 10th District, which included Cherokee and Etowah Counties. MEANS was acandidate for reelection in the 2010 Senate election cycle.12. Senator JAMES E. PREUITT was serving his fifth term in the Alabama Senate,representing the 11th District. PREUITT also owned an automobile and truck dealership inTalladega, Alabama. PREUITT was a candidate for reelection in the 2010 Senate election cycle.13. Senator QUINTON T. ROSS JR. was serving his second term in the Alabama Senate,representing the 26th District, which includes Montgomery, Alabama. ROSS was a candidate for reelection in the 2010 Senate election cycle.14. Senator HARRI ANNE H. SMITH was serving her third term in the Alabama Senate,representing the 29th District, which includes part of Houston County, in which GILLEY’s CountryCrossing was located. SMITH was a candidate for reelection in the 2010 Senate election cycle.15. Legislator 1 was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and a candidatefor reelection in the 2010 election cycle.3

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