Alabama Democrat indicted over alleged fraud scheme

 February 6, 2024

Alabama Democratic state Rep. John Rogers made headlines last year when he was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of obstruction of justice.

Yet in a shattering development, the state House member was hit last week with yet another federal indictment.

Charges stem from alleged scheme to defraud community service fund

According to a press release put out by the Department of Justice (DOJ) this past Friday, the 83-year-old law has been hit with a slew of new charges.

They include one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, eleven counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, one county of conspiracy to obstruct justice, three counts of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting the making of a false statement to federal investigators.

As the press release explained, those charges stem from Rogers' alleged involvement in a scheme to defraud the Jefferson County Community Service Fund.

Rogers said to have received kickbacks from grant given to youth baseball league

That fund was created by a law passed in 2015 that permitted the county to impose a one-percent sales tax and a one-percent use tax.

The resulting revenue designated for efforts to improve public welfare was as well as support efforts to enhance education in the county.

Each state representative and senator from Jefferson County was permitted to make recommendations on how the money was to be spent.

Federal authorities allege that Rogers used his position to funnel $400,000 to the Piper Davis Youth Baseball League. Fred L. Plump served as the group's executive director, and he is said to have in turn given $200,000 to Rogers as a kickback.

Alleged co-conspirator and former Democratic lawmaker has already pleaded guilty

The DOJ noted that Plump, who also served as a Democratic representative, has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with the scheme.

The statement further asserts that Rogers conspired with his personal and professional assistant Varrie Johnson Kindall to obstruct justice by attempting to bribe a witness.

What's more, it contends that Rogers and Kindall previously agreed that she would accept full responsibility for all criminal acts should they come to light.

The DOJ noted that Rogers could be sentenced to a total of 55 years in prison and have to pay up to $1.25 million worth of fines should he be found guilty on all counts.

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