Outgoing AL state lawmaker indicted in federal bribery investigation
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Outgoing Alabama state Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, has been indicted on two counts connected to a federal statehouse bribery investigation.
Davis is the latest lawmaker to be indicted in this case. Outgoing Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia, lobbyist Marty Connors, and Trina Health CEO Ford Gilbert were indicted in April 2018.
Davis was arraigned Wednesday afternoon. He was later released on a signature bond and declined to comment as he left the federal courthouse in Montgomery with his attorney.
This investigation was set in motion following the subsequent investigation and conviction of former Rep. Micky Hammon, who served time in federal prison.
Davis is a four-term representative covering portions of Baldwin and Mobile Counties. He's charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and violation of the Travel Act for reportedly using email to facilitate a bribery scheme.
Court documents indicate the case is centered on advancing the interests of Trina Health, which opened clinics in south Alabama offering intravenous treatments for diabetics. The indictment stated Trina Health ran its operations as a pyramid scheme where first level investors could recruit second tier investors, etc. to advance the company.
The court document cites that Hammon and Davis were promised ownership in the company in exchange for recruiting investors.
When Blue Cross Blue Shield no longer reimbursed for the IV treatment for diabetes, the indictment alleges Hammon, Davis, and Williams worked with lobbyists and other defendants to create House Bill 415 to force BCBS-AL to reimburse for the treatment.
The indictment alleges in 2016 Williams asked that the bill be assigned to his committee, in which he scheduled a public hearing where Davis advocated for the committee to vote in favor of HB415.
"The purpose of the conspiracy was for Defendant Gilbert to persuade or force BCBS-AL to cover [the treatment] and for Rep. Hammon and Defendant–Representative Davis to enrich themselves", the indictment stated.
The indictment cites Davis received things of value to pressure other members of the House, amend a bill that had already been introduced in the 2016 session, and testify before a committee in favor of Trina Health.
Williams is not charged in the superseding indictment filed on July 24, however, he remains charged in the initial indictment with three counts, which has not been dismissed. The U.S. Attorney's Office confirms its working to resolve Williams' case, but would not comment further.
Attempts to reach Williams' attorney to discuss the lack of charges in the superseding indictment was unsuccessful.
Marty Connors issued a statement that reads:
"My family and I continue to appreciate the overwhelming support from our friends and the community. The charges against me are totally unfounded, and will be vigorously defended. I am innocent and expect to be fully vindicated."
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