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Former Birmingham Water Works contractors plead guilty to felony ethics charges

Two former contractors with the Birmingham Water Works Board pleaded guilty Friday to state felony ethics charges.

Jerry DeWayne Jones and Terry Lee Williams made their pleas in a Jefferson County courtroom. They are now convicted of offering or giving anything to a public official for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action.

“The people of Alabama deserve to have confidence that those who do business with public entities are operating with integrity and merit, and not illegally gaining this privilege through corrupt payments,” said Attorney General Marshall. “These convictions should send a strong message that those who betray the public trust will be called to account for their crimes and face serious consequences.”

Jones, Williams and former BWWB chairwoman Sherry Lewis were indicted on the state charges in 2017. Jones, 57, of Birmingham, previously served as a vice president of Arcadis, U.S., Inc., an international engineering and consulting firm, and he was the principal-in-charge for Arcadis’s contract with the BWWB. Williams, 66, of Mount Vernon, was the head of Global Solutions, International (GSI), a subcontractor for Arcadis.

Lewis was charged with using her position for personal gain, or for the gain of a family member, and voting on matters in which she or her family members had financial interest. Jones and Williams were charged with of aiding and abetting Lewis in committing those crimes, with offering her money and other items for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action.

The charges revolved around the belief by prosecutors that Jones funneled money to subcontractor Williams at GSI LLC, in order for that company to pay or provide benefits to Lewis or her family. Lewis was convicted in October 2019. She received no jail time. (more....)
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