ROANOKE MAYOR ARRESTED ON ETHICS, OTHER CHARGES
(MONTGOMERY)-Attorney General Troy King announced the arrest today of Roanoke Mayor Henry "Spec" Bonner on a 26-count indictment charging him with multiple alleged felonies, including numerous violations of the state ethics and public contract laws. Bonner surrendered this morning at the Randolph County Jail and was released on bond.
Attorney General King's Office presented evidence to a Randolph County grand jury resulting in Bonner's indictment on January 8 for 11 counts of ethics law violation, two counts of violation of public works law, one count of failure to disclose conflict of interest, 10 counts of conflict of interest in purchase or contract, and one count of violating the competitive bid law.
"This defendant faces serious charges that he abused his public office for personal gain, that he broke the laws he was sworn to uphold, and that he betrayed the citizens' trust," said Attorney General King. "The crimes charged in this indictment are extremely serious, and the people of Roanoke may be assured that we will pursue justice on their behalf."
Specifically, the indictment charges Bonner with:
No further information about the investigation or about Bonner's alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.
The ethics law violations with which Bonner is charged are Class B felonies; the violations of public works law are class C felonies; misapplication of property is a class A misdemeanor; failure to disclose conflict of interest is a class A misdemeanor; violation of competitive bid law, and conflict of interest in purchase or contract, both are misdemeanors. If convicted, Bonner faces a maximum penalties of two to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $30,000 for each of the class B felony counts; one to ten years and fines of up to $15,000 for each of the class C felony counts; up to one year imprisonment and fine of up to $6,000 for the class A misdemeanor count. Violation of competitive bid law, and conflict of interest in purchase or contract, both are unclassified misdemeanors specified as punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment and up to $500 fines for each count. Furthermore, Section 36-9-2 of the Code of Alabama states that when an officeholder is convicted of a felony, the office is vacated from the time of conviction.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ben Baxley of the Attorney General's Public Corruption and White Collar Crime Division, and was investigated by Special Agent Jeff Chandler of Attorney General King's Investigations Division.