Lobbyist Pleads Guilty In Alabama Gambling Case

December 21st, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

Jarrod Massey, a Montgomery based lobbyist, has plead guilty on Monday in the corruption case surrounding gambling in Alabama. He has become the second member of his lobbying firm to admit that he had offered bribes to legislators in support of gambling legislation.

Massey was a lobbyist for the now closed Country Crossing casino in Dothan, Alabama. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. to plead guilty to five counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy.

“Jarrod Massey has admitted that he bribed members of the Alabama state Legislature in exchange for their votes in favor of electronic bingo gambling legislation,” stated Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

On October 4th, Massey and ten others were arrested under accusations stemming from a federal probe into the gambling issue in Alabama. The buying and selling of votes surrounding gambling legislation in the state of Alabama.

Legislators, casino developers, and lobbyists had all been named in the indictments. Ronnie Gilley, developer for Country Crossing Casino, had been one of the indicted.

Gilley’s lawyer stated that his client had never approved of the bribes and trusted the lobbyist to maintain positive ethics.

Massey is now cooperating with federal prosecutors in order to help them.

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