Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Alabama Power CEO Jeff Peoples used company funds for black prostitutes and "party pads," with assistance from Joe Perkins and his Matrix LLC consulting firm

Jeff Peoples

The current CEO of Alabama Power spent thousands of company dollars on black prostitutes and "party pads," according to a report from longtime Alabama attorney and businessman Donald Watkins. From a report at his Web site:

Reportedly, Alabama Power CEO Jeff Peoples had a propensity to spend up to $30,000 per month of the company’s money on party pads and black prostitutes at a time when this utility company was raising rates on its customers. These expenditures were reportedly funneled through one of [Joe] Perkins’ black subcontractors [at Matrix LLC]. None of this corporate misconduct was disclosed in the company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Watkins indicates more reports on this and similar topics are  coming at his Web site. And that, he says, is partly because Birmingham's mainstream media (MSM) sites are somnolent and compromised, unwilling to report on burgeoning corruption at Southern Company and its affiliates, which include Alabama Power:

The corruption flourished at Alabama Power, in part, because the Alabama Media Group accepted money from an Alabama Power-funded media entity to turn its head and look the other way. The Alabama Media Group owns the Huntsville Times, the Birmingham News, and Mobile Press Register. This is the organization that employs investigative journalist/Pulitzer Prize winner John Archibald and columnist Kyle Whitmire.

Archibald was compromised in 2011, when his personal bankruptcy was surreptitiously outed by Matrix/Perkins, thereby undermining Archibald’s credibility to criticize the Jefferson County Commission’s bankruptcy filing that year.

In 2017, Matrix leaked Whitmire’s role as a modern-day COINTELPRO reporter for the Birmingham U.S. Attorney’s Office to diminish his effectiveness as a reporter/columnist.

Can we look for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Alabama to unmask wrongdoing at Southern Company? That is not likely to happen, Watkins says: 

Matrix/Perkins controlled the U.S. Attorney’s office in Birmingham, via its relationship with former U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In 2017, the once-powerful senator got Jay Town appointed as U.S. Attorney and Lloyd Peeples hired as Town’s First Assistant. Peeples, who is compromised by Matrix, remains embedded in the U.S. Attorney’s office as the "burrrowed-in"head of the office's Criminal Division.

Finally, Joe Perkins reportedly has a truckload of “dirt” on Jeff Peoples, Tom Fanning, Chris Womack, and other Southern Company executives. This is why the Southern Company cannot terminate Perkins’ $2.5 million in contracts, where he receives payments without invoicing.

Jeff Peoples might not be the only Southern Company higher-up who is feeling squeamish about corporate secrets getting out to the public. Writes Watkins:

At the end of the day, Joe Perkins is the "de facto" CEO of the Southern Company, not Tom Fanning or Chris Womack.


legalschnauzer said...

It might be worth reminding readers of these words -- as originally reported by K.B. Forbes at -- from our post this morning --

In addition to Crosswhite’s cooperation, Alabama Power insiders say Peoples’ history of allegedly creating a hostile work environment for African Americans and women, his apparent inappropriate relationships with Southern Company employees, plus possible misappropriated expenditures on party pads, will soon begin leaking out with documented evidence, thereby, forcing Perkins and his hand-picked stooge Peoples onto the curb, like a miniature horse and his cowboy.

It sounds like Forbes was on this Peoples/Perkins story, too.

legalschnauzer said...

Anyone else find it ironic, and disturbing, that Alabama Power money reportedly was being used for the services of prostitutes (who happened to be Black) at "party pads," while Mr. Peoples allegedly has a history of creating a hostile work environment for African Americans and women, his apparent inappropriate relationships with Southern Company employees, plus possible misappropriated expenditures on party pads.

legalschnauzer said...

A few questions:

* Was this a pattern of longstanding behavior for Mr. Peoples?

* If so, who else from Southern Company/Alabama Power was involved?

* How much total money, over a period of months/years, was spent on this activity? Did quite a bit of this money wind up with Matrix?

* Does that mean Matrix was essentially running, or helping to run, a prostitution operation?

* If so, does that point to criminality?

* Who engaged in this activity outside the company? Did it involve political figures, lobbyists, those who could take favorable action toward Alabama Power in exchange for these "party pad" services? Were any politicos or lobbyists of the Republican persuasion, given that Alabama Power seems to favor GOP political types; Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, and Luther Strange are a few that come to mind.

legalschnauzer said...

A comment from Donald Watkins at his Facebook page:

In our January 27, 2023 complaint to the Department of Justice in Washington about the Southern Company's racketeering enterprise and antitrust conduct, we warned DOJ that ASUA Lloyd Peoples was a law enforcement operative for Joe Perkins. Peeples heads the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham. We also requested that Peeples have NO involvement in the Alabama Power/Southern Company investigation. Despite his shady background and documented history of negative racist views about black people, the Joe Biden administration's DOJ still employs Lloyd Peeples -- a Donald Trump-DOJ hire. We will explain how Joe Perkins compromised Lloyd Peeples in an upcoming article.

legalschnauzer said...

Another comment from Donald Watkins re: the Southern Company scandal. Are board members at peril?:

Donald V. Watkins
What did Southern Company board members know, and when did they know it? Why did board members look the other way and allow the racketeering enterprise and accounting fraud to flourish? Some board members need to lawyer-up.

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Anonymous said...

One can imagine some folks in Atlanta aren’t feeling so well right now. I mean the spying document alone. Now this.