Anniston architect indicted in 2-year college case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Anniston architect has been indicted on conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice charges in the ongoing investigation of Alabama's two-year college system.

Julian Jenkins was named in a 21-count indictment that was unsealed in U.S. District Court Thursday.

The 76-year-old Jenkins is a principal architect with the Anniston firm of Jenkins Monroe Jenkins Architecture.

He is accused of giving free architectural plans and other services to bribe then-chancellor Roy Johnson in 2003 and 2004.

Prosecutors say Jenkins' firm received more than $5 million worth of no-bid contracts from the system in return for the favors to the head of the two-year system.

Jenkins is also charged separately with conspiring to give Johnson's son a $3,000 a month "no work" job to gain favor with the chancellor.

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