Alabama College Bribery

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The former Alabama two-year college
chancellor admitted in testimony that he knew he acted illegally in
letting a contractor pay for construction costs on a house he was
building in Opelika.

The Birmingham News reports that Roy Johnson testified Thursday
in the federal bribery trial of Tuscaloosa contractor Roger Taylor.

Taylor is on trial on charges he bribed Johnson by paying about
$92,000 in construction costs on Johnson's home in exchange for
favorable treatment on bids to do work on more than a dozen
community college projects from 2003-2005.

Johnson pleaded guilty in March 2008 to charges of bribery,
conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering
and witness tampering. He is expected to be sentenced later this
month.

Johnson has been testifying in trials related to the charges
against him.

He became chancellor in 2002 and was fired in 2006, amid
allegations of nepotism and corruption.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-28-10 1833EDT


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