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AG Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Former Pleasant Grove Police Officer for Forgery and Perjury
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of a former Pleasant Grove police officer for multiple counts of forgery as well as perjury. Lawrence Harrell Jr., 47, of Birmingham, surrendered to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department last week and was released on a total of $60,000 bond. Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Jefferson County grand jury resulting in Harrell's indictment* on October 20. Specifically, the indict ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall and FBI Announce Arrests of Birmingham Water Works Board Chair, Former Arcadis Vice President, and an Arcadis Subcontractor
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Birmingham Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today announced the arrests of Sherry Lewis, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Water Works, Jerry Jones, a former Vice President at Arcadis, and Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Ms. Lewis, 55, Mr. Jones, 54, and Mr. Williams, 62, all surrendered today at the Jefferson County Jail. Attorney ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Contractor on Charges for Forgeries Filed with Alabama Licensure Board for General Contractors
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment of a contractor for forgery of paperwork related to the renewal of his license with the Alabama Licensure Board for General Contractors. Morris Mitchell, 51, of Grayson, Georgia, surrendered at the Montgomery County Jail on December 1 and was released on bond. Attorney General Marshall’s Office presented evidence to a Montgomery County grand jury, resulting in Mitchell’s indictment* on November 17. Specifically, the ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Offers Holiday Season Consumer Tips for Alabamians
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall offers information and tips to help Alabama consumers have safe and happy holidays by taking precautions against scams and other potential dangers. “This is a time for celebrating precious traditions with family and friends, sharing goodwill with our neighbors and honoring a spirit of kindness and love,” said Attorney General Marshall. “That is my heartfelt wish for the people of Alabama. But we must be vigilant and guard against those wh ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Shelby County Woman Sentenced by State Court After Pleading Guilty to Fraudulently Soliciting Donations
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, of Sterrett, pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court Thursday to two counts of first-degree theft of property by deception for fraudulently soliciting $38,080 from two GoFundMe accounts while falsely claiming to have cancer. She was sentenced to serve two years in prison. Under the sentencing, Cataldo will serve two years for each count, running concurrently. Her state prison sentence will also run ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Conviction of Former Treasurer for Theft of More Than $5000 from Alabama Jail Association
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today the conviction of Marianne Adams, former treasurer of the Alabama Jail Association, for first-degree theft of an undetermined amount in excess of $5,000. Adams, a resident of Dadeville and a former secretary for the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty yesterday in Tallapoosa County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to three years, which was suspended for a term of three years of probation. She made an initial r ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Joins Letter in Support of President Trump's Authority to Appoint Acting Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined four other attorneys general in a letter today to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring their confidence in the President’s authority to appoint an acting director for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The controversial CFPB was created after the 2008 financial crisis to “provide a single point of accountability for enforcing consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Alabama Joins 12-State Coalition Supporting Trump Administration's Expanded Travel Ban
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Alabama is one of a coalition of 12 states filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Trump administration’s expanded travel ban affecting eight countries deemed to pose a security risk to the United States. On Wednesday, Alabama and 11 other states filed a friend of the court brief in support of the Trump administration’s September 24, 2017, executive order which was blocked by a U.S. Circuit Cou ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Urges US Supreme Court to Protect Prayer at Public Meetings
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition of 22 states Wednesday in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the practice of lawmaker-led prayer at public meetings. “Lawmaker-led prayer is woven into the fabric of American society dating back to the founding of our Republic,” observed Attorney General Steve Marshall. “Public prayer is both constitutional and a common practice throughout our country. Today more than 35 states and countless local governme ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces that Certain Alabama Consumers Now May Make Claims for Compensation from Western Union
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the claims period is now open for eligible Alabama consumers, who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service, to apply for compensation as the result of a multi-state settlement with the company earlier this year. A $586 million settlement fund is being administered by the Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program. At the time of the settlement, more than 7,624 complai ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Murder Convictions of Cedric Orlando Young in Etowah County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the convictions today of Cedric Orlando Young for the murders of Jabari Player and Billy Baker. Young pleaded guilty in Etowah County Circuit Court to two counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison for each count. The life sentences were imposed consecutively. Young shot and killed Jabari Player and Billy Baker in Etowah County on August 7, 2013 on the West Meighan Bridge in Gadsden. Evidence showed that Young was traveli ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Welcomes U.S. Supreme Court Decision Clearing Way for Execution of Alabama Death Row Inmate
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court clearing the way for the execution of Vernon Madison. Madison has been on Alabama’s death row for 32 years for the 1985 murder of Mobile police officer Julius Schulte. “Today’s unanimous decision of the Supreme Court confirms the State’s argument that Vernon Madison is competent to be executed for the murder he committed more than 30 years ago,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The Supreme ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Permanent Injunction to Shut Down Plumbing Company for Repeated Violations
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Jefferson County plumbing company, Plumbing 911, has been permanently closed by court order at the request of this office. Plumbing 911 must cease plumbing and gas services, and its owner Tony Curtis Gowins must surrender his State license and never again work in the plumbing and gas industry in Alabama. The Attorney General’s action results from repeated violations by Gowins and Plumbing 911 despite an earlier settlement ag ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Former Prattville Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Four Felony Counts
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a former Prattville police officer pleaded guilty to felony counts of burglary, attempted burglary, theft, and impersonating a police officer in Autauga County. John Wayne McDaniel Jr., 48, of Prattville pleaded guilty Monday to one count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree of prescription medicine from a local pharmacy and to one count of Criminal Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer for claiming to be an officer of ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Permanent Injunction to Shut Down Fraudulent Credit Repair Company
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Montgomery credit repair company has been permanently closed by court order at the request of his office. The order was part of a settlement the Attorney General’s Office reached with Scott’s Credit Repair and its owner/operators John C. Scott and Krystal Scott. Under the terms of the settlement, the Defendants are prohibited from engaging in any activity in the credit repair or consumer finance industries, and from owning or m ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces 2017 Safe Schools Initiative; Invites Nominations for Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is inviting public and private schools throughout the state to submit applications for the 2017 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. The Attorney General’s Office will honor private school winners from north, central and south Alabama, in addition to the winners from each of the state’s eight public school board districts. “These awards offer a valuable opportunity to honor schools that are succeeding with outstanding safety ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Closure of River City Entertainment in Morgan County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Circuit Court of Morgan County has issued an order enjoining the operations of River City Entertainment until the resolution of pending case. The court specifically ordered that the “Defendant, River City Entertainment, and its officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives, servants and any other individual, firm, partnership or corporation participating or acting in concert with them…are temporarily RESTRAINED, ENJ ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces $220 Million Multi-State Settlement with Deutsche Bank for Manipulating Interest Rate Benchmarks
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced a $220 million multi-state settlement with Deutsche Bank for fraudulent conduct involving the manipulation of LIBOR. The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a widespread impact on global markets and consumers. A multi-state investigation by Attorneys General revealed that Deutsche Bank manipulated LIBOR in a number of ways. Deu ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, Oct 28
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, October 28, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 14 DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back--has approximately 70 collection sites scheduled to be available in Alabama this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentia ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Conviction of Charles Todd Henderson for Perjury, Making Him Ineligible to be Jefferson County DA
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Charles Henderson, who was elected District Attorney of Jefferson County last fall, was today convicted of first-degree perjury, a felony, which renders him ineligible to hold the office. Due to his indictment in January, Henderson was barred from assuming the office pending the outcome of his criminal trial. The conviction arises from testimony Henderson gave prior to his election, in a domestic relations case in Jefferson Cou ... Read Full Release
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