Friday, February 01, 2008

Alabama Waltz goes forward - Legislator indicted

Oh yes, lets loosen the ethics law in Tennessee.

Link HT: Flashpoint

The federal corruption investigation into Alabama's two-year college system reached into Madison County on Thursday with the indictment of a legislator accused of receiving more than $177,000 for work she did not perform.

State Rep. Sue Schmitz, D-Toney, a former high school government teacher, is accused of fraud in a nine-count indictment announced by U.S. Attorney Alice Martin in Birmingham. Schmitz's attorney denied the charges and said she will fight them in court.

Schmitz, a three-term legislator, is the latest in a string of state officials swept up in the federal-state investigation of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. Former Chancellor Roy Johnson pleaded guilty to federal charges in the investigation earlier this month.

Schmitz, 63, worked from January 2003 to October 2006 for a prevention program for troubled youth operated through Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City and Childersburg.

The indictment said she received $177,251 in salary and benefits "despite performing little to no work."