Alabama Businessman, Lobbyist, and Legislator Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Wide-Ranging Conspiracy to Influence and Corrupt Activities of Alabama State Legislature
|U.S. Department of Justice July 16, 2012|
WASHINGTON—Three individuals, including Alabama businessman Ronald Gilley, lobbyist Jarrod Massey, and former Alabama state representative Terry Spicer were sentenced to prison today in Montgomery, Alabama, for bribery-related offenses, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson.
U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama sentenced Gilley to 80 months in prison, Massey to 65 months in prison, and Spicer to 57 months in prison. Each defendant also was sentenced to a term of supervised release following his prison term.
Gilley, 47, of Dothan, Alabama, and Massey, 41, of Troy, Alabama, both pleaded guilty to a wide-ranging conspiracy to bribe multiple members of the Alabama legislature, as well as individual instances of federal program bribery involving legislators. According to court documents and previous testimony, Gilley owned a controlling interest in the Country Crossing real estate, entertainment, and gambling development in Houston County, Alabama. Country Crossing sought to offer electronic bingo gambling machines to the public. Massey owned a lobbying business, Mantra Governmental, and Gilley was one of Massey’s largest clients.
During the 2009 and 2010 Alabama legislative session, Gilley and Massey promoted the passage of pro-gambling legislation that would have been favorable to operating electronic bingo facilities. Specifically, Gilley and Massey corruptly gave, offered, and agreed to give money and other things of value to Alabama state legislators with the intent to influence and reward them in connection with pro-gambling legislation. Gilley also pleaded guilty to money laundering for attempting to launder $200,000 in bribe payments to a state senator in order to disguise the illicit purpose of the money. Gilley and Massey both assisted in the government’s investigation, and the government recommended that each receive a reduction in his sentence as a result.
In a separate bribery conspiracy, Spicer, 46, of Elba, Alabama, pleaded guilty to a single count of federal program bribery for his solicitation and receipt of multiple things of value from Gilley and Massey, including cash payments ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per month during a period of more than four years; an all-expenses-paid ski trip for his family valued at $10,000; a one-time payment of $9,000; a $20,000 campaign contribution; and more than $22,500 in free concert tickets. In exchange, Spicer repeatedly offered official assistance, including by encouraging others to hire Massey as their lobbyist and by aiding Gilley as specific opportunities arose.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief M. Kendall Day and Trial Attorneys Emily Rae Woods and Marquest J. Meeks of the Public Integrity Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Montgomery Resident Agency of the Mobile Field Office.