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Birmingham Psychologist Agrees to Plead Guilty to Defrauding State Medicaid Agency of $1.5 Million by Filing False Claims for Counseling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2019 For media inquiries only, contact: Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199 Steve Marshall Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491 Page 1 of 2 Alabama Attorney General Birmingham Psychologist Agrees to Plead Guilty to Defrauding State Medicaid Agency of $1.5 Million by Filing False Claims for Counseling BIRMINGHAM— A one-count information filed yesterday in U.S. District Court charges a Birmingham psychologist with defrauding ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction of Former Bookkeeper of Chambers County Probate Court for Violating Alabama’s Ethics Law
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the conviction of a former bookkeeper for the Chambers County Probate Court for using her official position to steal $299,861.68 from the Court. Rene Welch, 57, of Valley, pleaded guilty on August 12, to violating Alabama’s ethics law by using her official position as bookkeeper for the probate court for personal gain. She was sentenced in Chambers County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison. Her sentence was split, and she was orde ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Expansion of Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards
(MONTGOMERY) —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the 2019 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards will be expanded to include three additional awards for excellence in school safety, and special recognition for schools building a culture for school safety. Additionally, the deadline for school applications for the 2019 awards is September 30, 2019. “For many years, the Attorney General’s Office has promoted innovative efforts to improve student safety through the Alabama Safe Sc ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Alabama Joins $600 Million Multistate Settlement with Equifax, the Largest Data Breach Settlement in U.S. History
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General has reached a $600 million settlement with Equifax regarding a massive 2017 data breach. In Alabama, approximately 2.3 million consumers were affected and are eligible for compensation. An investigation by the Attorneys General found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of 56 percent of American adult ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder Conviction in Russell County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the capital murder conviction of Lisa Leane Graham. Graham, 51, of Phenix City, was convicted in Russell County Circuit Court in March 2015 for the murder-for-hire contract killing of her daughter, Stephanie “Shea” Graham. The evidence presented at trial showed that Lisa Graham arranged for Kenneth Walton to kill Shea Graham. Walton, who had served time in prison for drug distributi ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Defeat of Perry County Woman’s Challenge of Conviction for Attempted Murder of State Trooper
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that acting Perry County Circuit Court Judge Robert Montgomery has denied Janice Green’s Rule 32 petition seeking further judicial review of her December 2014 conviction for the attempted murder of an Alabama State Trooper. Green, 51, of Marion, is also known as Janice Ford or Janice Billingsley. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence at trial that Green fired a high-powered, scoped bolt-action rifle at a m ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Coffee County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Malcom Hunter. Hunter, 31, of Enterprise, was convicted in Coffee County Circuit Court in May 2018 for the murder of Ayanna Nneka Smith. On January 21, 2017, Ayanna Smith disappeared from her home in Enterprise. She was last seen in the company of her boyfriend, Hunter. Witnesses heard a gunshot in the parking lot of the apartments, and Ayanna Smith ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Chambers County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the convictions of Kason Mathew King for first-degree murder, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree domestic violence and first-degree burglary. King, 33, of Lafayette, was convicted in Chambers County Circuit Court in May 2018 for the murder of Jarred Smith and for injuring Paige Adamson. The evidence at trial showed that on June 8, 2013, King punched Smith wh ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Barbour County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Willie James Dickerson. Dickerson, 48, of Barbour County, was convicted in Barbour County Circuit Court in March 2017 for the murder of Willie David Pugh. The evidence at trial showed that on or about January 14, 2012, Dickerson stabbed Pugh in the face and neck, causing his death. Pugh’s body was dumped in a wooded area off Sutton Dairy Road in th ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Mobile County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Frederick Matthews. Matthews, 32, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in March 2018 for the murder of Ahmon Sims. The evidence at trial showed that on July 12, 2015, Sims and Matthews were arguing about a stereo that Matthews accused Sims of stealing. Matthews obtained a gun, Sims ran, and Matthews shot him multiple times as he w ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that his office has stopped a Huntsville real-estate-investment company from soliciting business through improper and misleading robocalls. This announcement comes as part of Operation Call It Quits, a federal-state coordinated effort to stop illegal robocalls through 87 separate enforcement actions in 17 states, including Alabama. On May 28, Attorney General Marshall’s Consumer Interest Division sent a notice of intent to file ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision Declaring Cross on State Property Constitutional
(MONTGOMERY) —Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall praised a U.S. Supreme Court decision today upholding the constitutionality of a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross. On Wednesday, the high court voted 7-2 that a 40-foot cross erected in 1925 to honor fallen World War I soldiers from a Maryland community does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause. “I applaud the Supreme Court’s strong ruling in American Legion v. American Humanist Association that a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces $2.3 Million in Debt Relief for Eligible Former ITT Students in Alabama from National Settlement with Loan Company
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that approximately 289 former Alabama students of ITT Technical Institute will receive $2.3 million in debt relief as part of a national multi-state settlement with the loan company Student CU Connect CUSO LLC, known as CUSO. The defunct for-profit college had schools in Madison, Bessemer and Mobile as well as those in other states. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 18, ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Praises U.S. Senate Confirmation of Corey Maze for Federal Court Judgeship, Northern District of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the confirmation of Corey Maze to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Maze, a former Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today. “Through its confirmation vote today, the U.S. Senate acknowledged what those of us in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office already know,” said Attorney ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction and Life Sentence of Former State Trooper George Martin for 1995 Capital Murder of Wife in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Alabama state trooper George Martin was found guilty by a Mobile jury today of the 1995 capital murder of his wife, Hammoleketh Martin, in Mobile County, and sentenced to life without parole. “Today, a jury of his peers found George Martin guilty of taking the life of his wife by setting her on fire and leaving her to die in order to collect insurance money,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Mr. Martin, a former state tro ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Denial of Federal Government Motion to Dismiss Alabama’s Census Lawsuit
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed a federal district court ruling late Wednesday allowing the State of Alabama to proceed with its lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, and related officials. “I am grateful that the U.S. District Court has agreed with us and denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss our census lawsuit,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Alabama will continue to make its case that the Constitution and federal law requir ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama Senate Passage of Legislation to Reform State's Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama Senate to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 5. The legislation was carried in the upper house by Senator Cam Ward, R- Alabaster. The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill on May 9, by a vote of 73 to 27. It now goes to the Governor for her signature. ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Death Row Inmate Christopher Lee Price
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement concerning the execution of death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Thursday: “Tonight, the family of Pastor Bill Lynn, who was brutally murdered nearly 30 years ago, has finally seen Lynn’s killer face justice. Christopher Price was put to death at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, fighting until the very end to avoid facing the consequences of his heinous crime. “On December 22, 1991, Bill Lynn ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Victims’ Families in Jimmy O’Neal Spencer Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the State of Alabama will pay the maximum damages that may be awarded under state law—$1 million*—to the families of Jimmy O’Neal Spencer’s three alleged murder victims. The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths of Marie Martin, Colton Lee and Martha Reliford. Attorney General Marshall recused himself and was not a part of the settl ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Madison County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Clarence Fearn. Fearn, 47, of Huntsville, was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court in January 2018 for the murder of his stepfather, George Woodward. The evidence at trial showed that on September 30, 2009, Fearn had a friend drive him to his stepfather’s house. Fearn got out of the car, and the friend drove around for a few minutes until he he ... Read Full Release
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