AUBURN, AL- Alabama State Rep. Micky Hammon (R-Decatur), the former House Majority Leader, plead guilty to mail fraud.
The lawmaker, who took the role of Majority Leader when Republicans took control of the legislature in 2010, became the 4th Alabama elected official to be convicted of corruption charges since 2014.
U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin announced the plea, saying:
“Self-dealing by elected officials erodes society’s confidence in its governmental institutions. Self-dealing is precisely what occurred here. Those who donated to Representative Hammon’s campaign expected that the campaign would use those resources lawfully and foster an informative public debate. Instead, Representative Hammon placed those funds into his own personal piggy bank. I am proud of my office’s efforts to root out this corruption and I am most grateful for the tireless work of the United States Postal Inspection Service, which investigated this case. I hope that this prosecution will, in some small way, restore Alabamians’ trust in their state legislature.”
The findings in the case point to Hammon using the donations of supporters to enrich his own accounts and pay personal expenses. At Take Back Our Republic, we have covered this topic extensively, elected officials using their office and campaign funds to become wealthier.
Hammon joins Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham), former Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn), and Greg Wren (R-Montgomery) have been convicted and removed from office for their use of elected position to benefit their own financial position. The former Majority Leader faces up to 20 years in prison.
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