Les Alexander Testifies in Hall-Taylor Federal Bribery Trial
Birmingham, Alabama – Les Alexander, Managing Principal of AEA Group, testified on behalf of the defense team in the Hall-Taylor Construction federal bribery trial in Tuscaloosa. Roger Taylor was charged with bribing former Alabama two-year college Chancellor Roy Johnson in order to get contracts for his company with state community colleges. Taylor received $3.4 million for managing 16 construction projects at nine state community colleges between 2003 and 2006. Alexander testified he and others on a team he assembled found entries dated in 2004 -- and not modified later -- regarding payments to companies for the windows, doors, appliances and construction in Quick Books accounting system Hall-Taylor Construction uses. Two of the entries -- to Cohens Electronics and Appliances Inc. and Builders Millwork LLC -- were listed as loans and three other payments to Brian Stephens Construction were listed as expenses, he said. When the amounts owed were kept on a company's books beyond a 12-month period then that means the items were still deemed to be collectable, Alexander testified. The amounts remained on the company's books for more than two years, he said. Taylor was found not guilty on all eight conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice charges on November 9, 2010.
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