Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Alabama Power CEO Jeff Peoples' promise of "sunshine and transparency" apparently includes payment to terrorize family of lawyer Burt Newsome


Alabama Power CEO Jeff Peoples promised employees they would receive "sunshine and transparency" from him. But evidence suggests that promise did not hold up very long, according to a report at, which operates under the CDLU public charity and advocacy group

Writes K.B. Forbes, CEO of the CDLU, under the headline "Use of Fear, Threat of Death: Alabama Power CEO Jeff Peoples Approved Terrorizing Children and Hid Payment as “Transportation Organization Management”:

Yesterday’s breaking news report from that included audio of Alabama Power’s new but embattled Chairman and CEO Jeff Peoples declaring “what ya’ll are going to get from me is sunshine and transparency” has caused a firestorm at the utility.

Peoples comments of “sunshine and transparency” go counter to the hard evidence law enforcement and others have.

Peoples, as Executive Vice President of Employee and Customer Services at Alabama Power, hid additional payments to Matrix, LLC, the obscure political consulting firm that allegedly engaged in nefarious if not criminal misconduct and other entities tied to Matrix’s founder, Joe Perkins, by issuing vague “extra work authorizations.”

As we pointed out in December, shortly after ex-Alabama Power Chairman and CEO Mark A. Crosswhite resigned in disgrace, Peoples signed off on an “extra work authorization” in 2018 paying Perkins an additional mid-five figures on top of the secret multi-million-dollar annual contracts the firm and its founder, Perkins, received.

Now, today, we publish that work authorization in its entirety. (See document above.)

[Note: How does a top executive at an American international conglomerate -- the 33rd largest firm in the country -- react to news about Southern Company's actions, as described in this post? Find the answer in a news item at the end of this post.]

The document reflects a payment of $39,300, and Forbes shines light on that figure:

And what was the $39,300 allegedly for?

For “transportation organization management” according to the document, but a blatant lie, insiders confirm.

The reality is the extra work authorization was to target and terrorize the young children of Burt Newsome.

Newsome, an attorney who represents banks and financial institutions, was stunned when his wife and four young children were sent a threatening package tied to the “extra work authorization.”

As we wrote in August of 2018:

But now come the real sick idiots who sent the Newsome family a threatening package:

 Five pieces of luggage and numerous clothing outfits. 

The message was crystal clear: get ready to pack and leave town.

Were they threatening the family? The father, Burt Newsome? Was he going to be injured, killed or murdered?  Or were the wife and children going to “disappear” on a permanent vacation?

The extra work authorization was OK'd on August 3, 2018 and the incident against the Newsome family happened four days later on August 7, 2018 according to the police report.

A stolen credit card obtained from the break in of Newsome’s wife's car a few days earlier was used in the purchase of the travel bags and outfits. Use of a stolen credit card is a felony.

Perhaps all of this helps explain the lack of trust employees have in Peoples, according to a press report. Writes Forbes:

As Donald reported yesterday:

Alabama Power Company employees are very uncomfortable with Jeff Peoples, but they are meeting his leadership demands. After all, Peoples is their new CEO.

However, top Alabama Power employees have been documenting Peoples’ demands to cover themselves in the event things at the company blowup because they know that Jeff Peoples funded all the Joe Perkins/Matrix “dirty tricks” projects, with absolutely no accountability.

Perkins’ Southern Company-related work assignments are the subject of multiple media and law enforcement investigations in multiple states. Perkins handwritten notes have also implicated Southern Company in a massive $27-billion, multi-year accounting fraud scheme.

And the massive, multi-year accounting fraud scheme is evident in these obscure “extra work authorizations” used to pay for insidious, nefarious, if not criminal misconduct, and allegedly including identity theft, robbery, retaliation against an informant, use of a stolen credit card, use of fear, threat of murder, threat of bodily injury or death, invasion of privacy, intrusion of seclusion and much, much more.

And these Southern Company executives cannot foresee a criminal RICO case right before their eyes?

Maybe Joe Perkins is barking at Peoples like he barked at Crosswhite before Crosswhite’s sudden but expected demise.

This bogus “transportation organization management” work order adds to last week’s sensational allegation from that Peoples allegedly spent up to $30,000 a month in corporate funds on hookers and party pads.

A forensic audit is in order and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission must broaden its probe to look at bogus work orders, wire fraud, and alleged misappropriation of corporate funds. Any criminal findings should be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the meantime, Southern Company must terminate Joe Perkins, Jeff Peoples, Balch & Bingham, and all the elements involved in the criminal RICO enterprise.

Newsome’s children deserve it. Investors deserve it. Rate payers deserve it.

The era of dirty deeds, dirty lingerie, and dirty accounting methods must come to an end, no matter how ugly or painful the consequences might be.


A top attorney for General Electric (GE) is aghast over the above report about Southern Company's apparent disconnect from standard business ethics

A high-level corporate attorney reacted with a mix of revulsion and bafflement upon learning via social media about Southern Company's actions described in the above post.

Claudia Sibert-Power
Claudia T. Sibert-Power, senior legal counsel for General Electric (based in Switzerland), seemingly could hardly believe the words she was reading. Here is her response on social media after reading an account of Southern Company's willingness to spend significant dollars to terrorize the family of Birmingham-area lawyer Burt Newsome, including his wife and four young children. Wrote Sibert-Power:

Thank you for sharing this article. I want to like and share further for awareness, but I feel a thumbs-up icon doesn't express my real feelings of such a monstrosity. It simply is unbelievable the lengths one would go just to compromise simple ethics.

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