Speaker Mike Hubbard charged for felony ethics violations

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - Michael Gregory Hubbard, a representative from the 79th District in the Alabama House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, and former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, was charged for felony ethics law violations on Monday.

Hubbard, 52, of Auburn, surrendered to special agents of the Attorney General's Office at the Lee County Jail.

Acting Attorney General Davis is a supernumerary district attorney who was appointed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to handle matters regarding an ongoing investigation involving potential public corruption in Alabama. Speaker Hubbard's indictment arises out of that matter.

Acting Attorney General Davis and attorneys with the Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Lee County Special Grand Jury resulting in Speaker Hubbard's indictment. Specifically, the indictment charges Speaker Hubbard with the following twenty-three felony Ethics Law violations:

· Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain, in violation of Section 36-25-5(a) of the Code of Alabama (Counts 1-4);

· One count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest, in violation of Section 36-25-5(b) of the Code of Alabama (Count 5);

· Eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal, in violation of Section 36-25-5.1(a) of the Code of Alabama (Counts 6,10,15-23)

· Two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain, in violation of Section 36-25-5(a) of the Code of Alabama (Counts 7,11,);

· Four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee, in violation of Section 36-25-1.1 of the Code of Alabama (Counts 8-9, 12-13);

· One count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain, in violation of Section 36-25-5(c) of the Code of Alabama (Count 14).

If convicted, Speaker Hubbard faces a maximum penalty of two to twenty years imprisonment and fines of up to $30,000.00 for each count, all of which are Class B Felonies.

Acting Attorney General Davis commended those who are handling this case, noting in particular Special Prosecutions Division Chief Matt Hart, Deputy Attorney General Mike Duffy and investigators with the Special Prosecutions Division.

No further information about the investigation or about Speaker Hubbard's alleged crimes other than stated in the indictment may be released at this time.

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