MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The former business partner of lobbyist
and landfill developer Lanny Young testified today that Young once
told her to use her influence in the state attorney general's
office to stop a Medicaid fraud investigation involving a
Claire Austin, a former campaign aide to then-Attorney General
Bill Pryor, said Young told her then-Governor Don Siegelman's
office wanted her to use her influence with Pryor to stop the probe
of Doctor Phillip Bobo of Tuscaloosa.
Young and Austin were partners in a Montgomery lobbying firm
from 1999-to-2001. Young has testified that he had an agreement
with Siegelman and his chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, that he would
receive help from them in his business deals in exchange for
Young's gifts and campaign contributions.
Siegelman and Hamrick were charged in the Medicaid fraud case
with Bobo. But a federal judge threw out the main charge and
prosecutors decided not to pursue the case. Bobo's conviction was
overturned and he is fighting his re-indictment.
Austin also testified that Siegelman and Hamrick frequently
recommended Young and Austin's company to firms doing business with the state.
The trial is in its 16th day.