Taylor: Jeff Coleman needs to release documents related to fraud investigation

By  | 

Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Jessica Taylor continues to call for one of her Congressional opponents to release documents related to a federal lawsuit that alleged fraud by his company.

Republican congressional candidate Jessica Taylor speaks to the Houston County Republican Women's group on January 23, 2020.

She is demanding Jeff Coleman make public depositions taken from his employees during a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

“I've asked Jeff Coleman to unseal those documents just like President Trump did when he was accused and he has refused,” Taylor told members of the Houston County Republican Women on Thursday.

Coleman, the front runner in the Second District Primary Race, has been the target of intense scrutiny the past few days.

His opponents want to know what, if any role, he had in a scheme that DOJ claims cost taxpayers about $723 million.

The Justice Department accused Coleman Worldwide of inflating the true weight of household shipments it transported for U.S. Troops under a contract with the Department of Defense.

“It was systemic fraud and abuse at 24 locations,” Taylor said, referring to claims related to the lawsuit that Coleman ultimately settled for $5 million.

Coleman has mostly sidestepped the issue during the campaign. However, following his endorsement this week by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, he indicated the company may have been victimized by a few unscrupulous employees.

“As the businessman of a large company there are situations where (employees are not doing the right thing,” he told WTVY. He denied personal knowledge of that fraud.

However, one day later, ALREPORTER.COM investigative journalist Josh Moon, citing documents he obtained, wrote that Coleman employees had reported that fraud to top company officials, including Jeff Coleman.

“Everyday more and more comes out,” Taylor said.

Despite those fraud claims, Coleman's company continues to transport household goods for the military and its families.

Because of conflicting obligation, Coleman did not attend the Republican Women's meeting. He and Taylor are scheduled to meet face to face Monday in Dothan.

Other Republicans seeking to replace retiring U.S. Representative Martha Roby include Barry Moore, Troy King, Thomas W. Brown, Jr.. Terri Hasdorff, and Bob Rogers.

The primary will be March 3.