Thursday, November 21, 2019

Drummond and Balch joined forces to launder money via coat drive for poor black children in North Birmingham, according to lawsuit from former exec


Oliver Robinson

Alabama's Drummond Company and Balch Bingham law firm allegedly conspired in schemes to launder money and  conceal payments designed to lobby the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against designating an area in North Birmingham as a Superfund site, according to a third amended complaint in a lawsuit filed by a former Drummond executive.

David Roberson, former VP of government affairs, essentially became the fall guy for Drummond in the summer 2018 bribery trial. But Roberson is fighting back in the civil arena, and according to a report from the banbalch.com Web site, that action is producing revelations that could lead to more corruption probes at two of Alabama's largest corporate and legal entities. From banbalch.com:

A new third amended complaint from ex-Drummond Company executive David Roberson sheds new light on internal matters that could provoke more corruption probes of Drummond Company.

First up: the targeting of poor black children with a “coat drive” looks like it was a way to launder more money to convicted felon and bought-and-paid-for politician Oliver Robinson.

Using a coat drive for poor black children to launder money headed for the pocket of a corrupt politician? Can the stench of corruption get any more hideous than that? This is directly from the amended complaint in the Roberson lawsuit:

As part of its public relations campaign to defeat the EPA in North Birmingham and at the request of Joel Gilbert of Balch Bingham, David Roberson, on behalf of Drummond Company, wrote a $5,000.00 check to be used to purchase 100 fifty-dollar gift cards to Burlington Coat Factory to be used to purchase winter coats for kids in North Birmingham.

Unbeknownst to Plaintiff Roberson as Joel Gilbert concealed this information from the Plaintiff, Balch and Oliver Robinson had agreed for Oliver to keep $2,500.00 out of the $5,000.00. Plaintiff did not learn of this hidden fact until his criminal trial in July of 2018. Plaintiff suffered damages as a result of Balch’s concealment of it allowing Oliver to keep half of the $5,000.00 as the prosecution in Roberson’s criminal trial used this $2,500.00 payment to Oliver Robinson as damaging evidence against Roberson in his criminal trial to help it obtain a conviction against him.

If that scam doesn't make you want to puke, try this one on for size, as reported by banbalch.com:

But worse than that, are the revelations tied to Balch Bingham’s stooges Trey Glenn and Scott Phillips currently facing a criminal ethics trial in Jefferson County.

How ugly are the details? From the amended Roberson complaint:
Balch Bingham, LLP contracted with Trey Glenn (who invoiced Balch under the company name of Southeast Engineering Consulting, LLC and directed the payments to Scott Phillips) to lobby the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (or “ADEM”) to oppose the EPA in listing the North Birmingham site on the National Priorities List. The Balch invoices to Drummond seeking reimbursement for the payments to Trey Glenn and Scott Phillips were paid by Drummond General Counsel Blake Andrews and approved by Drummond CEO Mike Tracy. At the time that Scott Phillips and Trey Glenn were receiving money from Balch via Drummond to lobby ADEM on a policy matter involving the listing of North Birmingham as a Superfund site, Scott Phillips was on the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (or “AEMC”). The AEMC is the entity that oversees ADEM.

Neither Glenn nor Phillips, while they were lobbying ADEM about it opposing the EPA’s listing of North Birmingham as a Superfund site, disclosed to ADEM the existence of their contract with Balch Bingham or that they were indirectly being paid by Drummond Company.
Trey Glenn
Balch and Drummond Company concealed from Roberson that Drummond was paying Phillips (who was on the AEMC), pursuant to a contract with Balch, to lobby the entity in which the AEMC supervises (ADEM). Roberson suffered damages as a result of Balch and Drummond’s concealment of their payments to Glenn and Phillips as their testimony that Drummond was paying Phillips to lobby ADEM when he was on the commission that supervises ADEM was very damaging to Roberson at his criminal trial and was used in part by the prosecution to convict Roberson even though he had no knowledge of this scheme and even though Glenn’s and Phillips’ invoices were being paid by Balch and reimbursed by Blake Andrews and Mike Tracy.

If that sounds gross to you, it's probably because you have integrity -- something that is in short supply throughout Alabama's corporate/legal/political industrial complex. We give the last word to banbalch.com:

The concealment is now out in the open.

Shockingly, Drummond Company allegedly hid the money laundering and hid the secret greasing of Balch stooges from their then-Vice President of Government Affairs, David Roberson.

Are the allegations potent enough to spur more probes from law enforcement and regulatory agencies of Drummond Company, retired Drummond CEO Mike Tracy and Drummond Company’s General Counsel Blake Andrews?

Richard Mullen, the new CEO at Drummond, may have to mop up this mess before it floods the basement.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Something tells me there is just a little racism running through the halls at Balch & Bingham.

Anonymous said...

Oliver Robinson should have known better than to jump in bed with Balch scum. So sad.

Anonymous said...

Imagine if Jay Town had actually prosecuted all the crooksters who should have been indicted on the North Biminngham deal. He let most of the scalawags off.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Trey Glenn is used to turning around to see who, or what, is behind him. Maybe he should be.

Good picture.

Anonymous said...

Balch is affiliated with Jeff Sessions, Luther Strange, Robert Bentley, and probably Bob Riley.

It's no shock that the firm is filled with sleaze.

Anonymous said...

I read this and the first thing I thought of was the Trump administration and it's involvement in the rapper A$AP Rocky situation.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/sondland-told-trump-to-let-rapper-aap-rocky-go-to-jail-then-play-the-racism-card-to-make-himself-look-good-diplomat/

"“The conversation then shifted to Ambassador Sondland’s efforts on behalf of the president to assist a rapper who was jailed in Sweden,” said Holmes. “I could only hear Ambassador Sondland’s side of the conversation. Ambassador Sondland told the president that the rapper was ‘kind of f’d’ there and should have pled guilty. He recommended that the president, quote, ‘Wait until after the sentencing, or it will only make it worse,’ and he added that the president should ‘let him get sentenced, play the racism card, give him a ticker tape when he comes home.’ Ambassador Sondland further told the president that Sweden, quote, ‘should have released him on your word, but you can tell the Kardashians you tried.'”



e.a.f. said...

when dtrump was referring to "shit hole" countries, he ought to have said the U.S.A. is a shit hole country. It certainly meets the criteria.

The president is impeached, the country has concentration camps, its broken laws right left and center, and now this in the state of Alabama.

Who would have thought the U.S.A. would/could sink this low. There are many Americans who are trying to fight all of this crime corruption sleeze, but I don't know if they will succeed. To think in 75 years the country has come to this. at least bloggers such as yourself continue to expose these things and that ought to give people hope.