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Multiple Republicans Arrested for Involvement in Bribery Scheme

The corruption runs deep in our political world, but it is finally being flushed out.

Early Tuesday morning, three individuals were arrested and charged with federal bribery related to federal programs, honest services wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.

The Criminals

State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia Hills) is a local congressman in Alabama.

Marty Connors is also a Republican, and the former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

The third individual, G. Ford Gilbert, is a health care professional.

The Crime

According to the report, the charges stemmed from an effort by Gilbert to purchase influence with the local politicians.

Gilbert allegedly made payments to yet another politician, House Majority Leader Micky Harmon.

The bribe was made in an effort to have health care legislation pushed through the Alabama legislature.

The bill would have forced Blue Cross and Blue Shield to cover treatments for diabetes at private health care centers.

Some of the centers in question were owned by Gilbert.

For his role in the scandal, Hammon would have been given part ownership of a Trina clinic.

Doing the Time

Hammon reportedly was in dire straits regarding his financials, which made him the perfect target.

In fact, it is reported that Hammon pled guilty on unrelated charges in another state and is already in prison.

Both Williams and Connors have already appeared in court and have been released on $25,000 bail.

Their arraignment is being held later this month.

Suspicions Arose

The trigger for the investigation into the legislation was Hammon pleading out in the second case.

The bill, HB415, would have removed the restriction for patients needing to make the trip to a hospital for their treatments.

If it had passed, they would have been able to go to clinics, such as Trina (which is the clinic Gilbert owned), for care.

Trump promised to drain the swamp when he took office, and it would appear that is exactly what is happening.

Be they on the left or right side of the aisle, if politicians are breaking the law and corrupt, they need to be removed from public office and sent to jail.

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60 Comments

60 Comments

  1. Pat

    April 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Head line misleading only at state level when it happens in DC then it will be news

    • Joyce

      April 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      it was meant to be misleading, In order to discredit Trump

      • John

        April 5, 2018 at 12:38 am

        I agree!

        • judy

          April 5, 2018 at 11:39 pm

          I agree also…..Purposely done like this to hurt Trump….

      • John Campbell

        April 5, 2018 at 1:02 am

        This story does not discredit President Trump nor even suggest such from any opinion contained in it. In fact, the story states, “Trump promised to drain the swamp when he took office, and it would appear that is exactly what is happening.”
        I’m not sure how President Trump is being credited for this draining of the Alabama swamp, but if he is to be credited legitimately then more power to him.

        • brenda

          April 5, 2018 at 4:55 am

          more corrupt swamps rats are being arrested THIS IS GREAT NEWS TO ALL AMERICANS

        • Glenda Stutes

          April 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

          Absolutely correct. President Trump has been cleaning out the swamp and he had to start somewhere. No matter what he does (or doesn’t do) the liberal and mostly liberal and anti-American media is going to do its utmost to do it’s worst to him and to America.
          Go get’em President Trump, whether they be Republican, Democrat or something else.

          • Olivia Pikus

            April 11, 2018 at 3:36 am

            I totally agree with Glenda Stutes.’ President Trump is going to Drain the Swamp. He should keep draining and the the Ones who are making it Harder to run our Country. Go Get um Trump” Olivia Pikus

    • Doyle Jones

      April 4, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Yes the liberal New Networks try to make out like they are high Ranking bull crap not even in Washington DC

    • Henry E Meguess

      April 5, 2018 at 1:36 am

      Yeah, It was very misleading. What happened is an Alabama problem. Misleading for sure but thats how the left works

    • ellie wallace

      April 6, 2018 at 3:16 am

      I agree. If this was true then the cnn would be all over it. Fake news will tell anything to smear the Republicans.

  2. Jeffrey E. Salzberg

    April 4, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    There’s no such thing as a “local congressman.” He’s a legislator… fornow, at least.

    • Erik

      April 6, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Agreed, Jeffrey.
      “State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia Hills) is a local congressman in Alabama.”
      “Congressman” refers to a male member of the US House of Reps or the US Senate.
      How about some coffee for the editor, if there is one?

  3. Joe Passanante

    April 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    The “TOP REPUBLICANS” and DEMOCRATS are in WASHINGTON, DC, not at the State level—fake news headline here!!

  4. Arch

    April 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Why the Hell isn;t that clinton woman arrested?

    • Lynne

      April 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      I second that question!!

      • James Fenimore

        April 4, 2018 at 11:23 pm

        Third on that

    • Brenda Torres

      April 4, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      I Strongly Agree….WHEN?!!!

    • Bob N.

      April 5, 2018 at 2:02 am

      We’ll never see either of the Clinton’s arrested. They have too much money and influence for that. If they can get away with the murders of Vince Foster and that state trooper, they can get away with anything. And what about her and her assistant illegally destroying important papers from an illegal server being found innocent of any wrong doing without even being questioned.

      • sluggo

        April 5, 2018 at 9:59 am

        Very true, Bob. Crooked Hillary…and Slick Willie…have a decades old record of proven lies, corruption, and even murders, and to this day, not one charge has ever been brought against them.

        The whole Hillary email scandal is just another example of the crooks at the FBI, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, etc, and the “justice department”, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, etc. The corruption runs long and deep, and it has taken President Trump to shine the light of truth on just how this nation is and has been undermined by the corrupt legal system, and the totally dishonest lying liberal democrat mass media.

        Liberals…they should ALL be drowned at birth…or very shortly thereafter!

      • David Stinson

        April 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm

        Satan takes care of His own.
        Until He’s finished with them….

    • Glenda Stutes

      April 6, 2018 at 6:12 am

      That Clinton woman (Hillary Clinton of course) being arrested would be a wonderful gift to every American citizen. Still, you ask why she hasn’t been arrested. Bribery, intimidation, out and out threats and the prospect of being murdered (remember the bodies in the Clinton’s wake all these years. D.C. is packed with people the Clinton’s all but own, how else would either Clinton still be free today?

  5. Ruth

    April 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I’m confused. There is a Jack Williams (state Congressman), Marty Connors (former State Republican chairman) and G. Ford Gilbert (healthcare professional). Payments were made to House Majority Leader Micky Harmon. Then they start talking about somebody named Hammond. Who is Hammond and what is his/her involvement???

    • KEN CULVER

      April 4, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      WHAT HOUSE? SOME STATE OR US GOV HOUSE?

      • John Campbell

        April 5, 2018 at 1:18 am

        Read the story. This is about the State of Alabama Congress, not the U.S. Congress. Various states name their state houses differently. Some label them as and Assembly and Senate such as California. Combined they are called the state legislature. Others name the House and Senate the same as in DC. Another example is in Massachusetts. While the state legislature is termed as the House of Representatives and the State Senate, combined they are referred to as the Massachusetts General Court instead of a Congress.

    • William Doores

      April 5, 2018 at 1:09 am

      When you find out, let everyone know.

  6. Jay

    April 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    By the title I was expecting Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell or even the President.

    • Louise stanley

      April 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Smoking funny stuff again?

    • Candace L Gonzalez

      April 5, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Me too. The article said “Top Republicans” and I never heard of these jokers and I live in a state that borders Alabama. Glad they got the goods on them wherever they’re from but I am sick to death of these misleading headlines. This group is no better than the fake news people at CNN.

    • sluggo

      April 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

      LOL…yeah, Jay, wouldn’t THAT be a welcome surprise if it WAS Ryan and/or McConnell…not sure why you’re lumping President Trump in with that America hating, liberal RINO scum though.

      President Donald Trump…MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  7. D.J.

    April 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Love your news wanted to share it with my friends on facebook but it is blocked, don’t know why?? Clintons both including Obama need to be arrested for what they have done to this country. It all started with SEDITION and on and on … !!!!!!

  8. jackcandobutwont

    April 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    sweep the swamp…PERIOD

  9. T.I. Murphy

    April 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I love it when the media gives a glaring headline and then comes along behind it with a ho hum story that isn’t even close to what they prepared you for. Wow, I expected McConnell and Ryan to be in cuffs but instead read about a few locals, one who is already in prison, that I’d never heard of, doing what every one of the democrats do on a daily basis. I am glad that they were caught and I pray that each and every one of them are, SOON, especially Pelosi and Shumer. I will definitely rejoice the day I see them actually in irons, and the day I see the Clinton’s in cuffs is the day I will definitely go on a serious drunk even though I don’t drink any more.

    • Kittyk

      April 5, 2018 at 12:36 am

      T.I. Murphy, I quit drinking 26 yrs ago, but I’ll join you in that serious drunk when the cuffs are finally on the Clintons!

  10. Sage Nighthawk

    April 5, 2018 at 12:01 am

    This just Proves that ALL POLITICIANS ARE CRIMINALS, these Three had the misfortune of Finally being caught. “We The People” CANNOT TRUST ANY one of them, Republican, Democrat or Independent ( just look at how much NEW MONEY Bernie Sanders has these days) ! I DON’T TRUST ANY OF THEM.

  11. Bonnie

    April 5, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Hahaha…Love the comments!

  12. paulette

    April 5, 2018 at 12:07 am

    HEY CONSERVATIVE FIGHTERS,WHEN DID YOU JOIN THE LEFT

    • John Campbell

      April 5, 2018 at 12:50 am

      The battle of right and wrong doesn’t care who commits such acts. You cannot turn a blind eye to your own and then demand a higher standard from others. CF was just right to publish this and that’s what makes a standard to be reckoned with.

  13. Ray Sears

    April 5, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Another cock teaser, that ends up being more than a local petty crime = nothing. Drain the damned swamp in D.C., don’t tell me about there draining a small mud puddle in Alabama like it’s a earth shattering event.

    • John Campbell

      April 5, 2018 at 12:47 am

      At the risk of causing friction, would you mind finding a less colorful way to express this? Simply based on a proper moral grounding. Thanks.

  14. george johnson

    April 5, 2018 at 12:43 am

    The swamp extends to both sides of the aisle. DRAIN IT FASTER PLEASE!

  15. John Campbell

    April 5, 2018 at 12:46 am

    This story makes me very angry and disgusted as well. If this bears out in court to be true the damage is already done in more ways than one. The criminals are reportedly to be Republicans, that’s bad enough, but based in what I’ve read in this the bill appears to not have passed despite it looking like a good bill and I can only guess as a result of the corruption that was backing it. Everyone lost because of this.

  16. Don

    April 5, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I just came for the comments!!! what a joke story!!!!!!

  17. Sharon Jeanguenat

    April 5, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Good! Glad they caught them. It doesn’t matter if they’re Democrat or Republican, if they’re a crook, they DESERVE to go to jail. And, I’m tired of both parties saying nasty stuff about ones from another party getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar, when both parties are as guilty as the other one. A crook is a crook, no matter their political affiliation.

  18. Dwayne

    April 5, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Proof there’s bad stupid Republicans too.

  19. Dusty

    April 5, 2018 at 3:22 am

    WOW! Big surprise for Ala when Blue Crosss blue Shield had total control in the state of Ala for years. Now you can see why ? How many other places have done this too for money and power? Part of the SWAMP on both sides that Pres Trump has found? We the hard working voter lose.

  20. Lou7

    April 5, 2018 at 4:25 am

    You are misleading the public and I promise nobody likes it. Stop now.

  21. minette

    April 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

    obviously Gilbert was a democrat. His party affiliation was not mentioned.

  22. Michael Hudson

    April 5, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Ts humpday we have a few days left this week, so there is time to get to the Dem’s before the weekend. Happy days are here!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Leapingcrane

    April 5, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Funny how the DUMBOcRATS can commit:
    VOTER FRAUD
    LYING UNDER OATH TO CONGRESS
    LYING UNDER OATH TO THE FBI
    COMMIT TREASON SELLING OUR NUCLEAR SECRETS TO CHINA
    ALLOW FOUR OF OUR PEOPLE BE KILLED
    MURDER ANYONE THEY DONT LIKE AND KILL ALL INVESTIGATION
    RAPE WHOEVER THEY WANT
    BE CHILD MOLESTERS
    I could spend a good hour or two just listing the CRIMES that they have committed in the last year but it would be a waist because you all are familiar with their crimes and if the Las Vegas shooting were investigated by people that ARE NOT CORRUPT LIKE THE FBI AND THE LAST COUPLE OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ( FLORIDA FOR ONE) We would learn also they are RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE CRIMES ALSO!! But HAY Only those that are not INFECTED WITH THE DISEASE OF LIBERALISM are responsible for their actions, The “USELESS IDIOTS” have a DISEASE so they CAN’T be held responsible!! RIGHT? That would not be fair would it!!
    TRUE STORY FOR YOU:
    STALIN, called LIBERALS
    “USELESS IDIOTS”!
    He asked his generals one time,
    What are we going to do about the West?
    Then he said “NOTHING” answering his own question!
    We are going to sit and watch the
    “USELESS IDIOTS”! For they will do to the West what Communism would!
    Take a GOOD look around
    DEMONcRATS, stop being
    “USELESS IDIOTS” Please!

  24. Sue Jackson

    April 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    While I do not in any way support bribery or any other illegal activity, especially by our politicians, I do wonder why there was not a question of why the monies were be funneled into a clinic that was not getting paid by BC/BS insurer for treatment of patients with Diabetes? With Diabetes being one of the growing and major health issues facing our healthcare system today, why does this insurer get to deny payment for care without question? Maybe the monies were being donated or invested in a way that does not constitute a charge of bribery, but in a humanitarian way to help this clinic continue to provide care for their patients, especially those with Diabetes. This method of denial of care is part of the Obamacare bill that will continue to destroy our present healthcare system from within, using such methods. As each independently owned and operated care facility is forced to shut down it will be replaced by government run systems that will take control of an individuals care needs, where a NP or PA will be assigned to come to that persons home, make an evaluation, take the information back to a designated provider that will make a determination as to a care plan, at which time the patient will receive notification of decision. This is the part of Obamacare which will lead to a ‘Universal Healthcare Plan”, which was, as he told us his “dream to bring Single Payer Healthcare to America”. This also brings another of Obama’s dreams to “Create a Social State” as taught by Saul Alinsky. There are 8 levels of Control that must be obtained before being able to create a Social State. Guess what is Level Number One? Healthcare. Control healthcare and you control the people. Look up the remaining 7 levels and you will see that Obama placed us on the slippery slope straight into the Hell of Socialism. Healthcare is but the beginning.

  25. James Douglas

    April 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Sure this is bad and glad they got them, but why the blinders on about the clinton crime family?

  26. Nick Carter

    April 6, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Sue and Jaquie I couldn’t agree more:this article published by CF is a crying shame, supposed to make Republicans look bad and particularly hurt Trump, why then did CF publish it? Have they turned pseudo Republican, printing misinformation the same way i suspect that Roseanne is going to do against the Trump Presidency.
    If I was the editor of CF after reading the article, I would have rewritten the article as follows:

    LIBERAL PROTECT (16) CORRUPT OFFICIALS – REPUBLICANS PROSECUTE (2)

    During 2016 DNP protected their mafia such as the Obamas, Clinton, Podesta and their swamp creatures, Comey, Brennan, Meuller, Strzok, Paige, Lynch, Rice and many others from prosecution, President Donald J Trumps’ remained aloof of an investigation into the possible fraud of Republican Congressman Jack Williams, and his accomplices Marty Connors and Ford Gilbert in the what could become a fraud worth US$ 160,000 – from Obama’s corrupt health care system which purportedly invited over-billing and fraud. CF believed it is time to call for an audit of the Obamacare system to see where our tax money goes. Yes US$ 160,000 was stolen by Williams & Connor with the help of serial healthcare scammer Ford Gilbert It is is unacceptable, but seen against the $ 140 million that the Clinton Foundation received from Russia’s Rosatom, campaign fees and Commission of US$ 680,000 received by John McCain from Clinton Foundation, US$ 2,380 million Bill Clinton received, the crimes of these criminals pales into insignificance.

    But what truly astounds me in the level of integrity of Trumps Republican part. Republicans have not defended the trio Williams. They have let the law run its course – a proof that President Trump is draining the swamp a he promised… without fear or favour. Hurrah for President Trump.

  27. tony

    April 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Significant difference between conservatives and liberals: conservatives have no tolerance for corruption in their own party; liberals have all the tolerance in the world for corruption in theirs!

  28. iamthatguy

    April 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    This is great… Why ?? because it proves that Republicans will chase down and punish other Republicans when they break the law…unlike the Democrats who actually try to give promotions to their own Party’s law breakers…as witnessed in the 2016 elections and all the FBI cover ups that are coming to light. So go ahead boys….root them all out and drain that swamp! no one should get a “Stay out of Jail” card just because of the title or Job they have or who their friends are!

  29. joseph wisniewski

    April 8, 2018 at 1:16 am

    How about jail time for the trash running around in Federal Govt

  30. Nell Breaux

    April 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Just drain the corrupt Swamp, no matter what party they are with. DEMS And RINOs both. Just clean up our Government every where they are.

  31. Veronica Cota

    April 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    And Hillary is still free, smh

  32. Bob Weete

    April 9, 2018 at 3:01 am

    DRAIN THE SWAMP! WHOEVER THEY ARE! Then the ones who get elected will be less inclined to they are above the law. DRAIN IT!

  33. john wayne

    April 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Dont know if anyone realizes this but this is very old new, I read about these same three people (same crime) in another tabloid news report maybe one month ago! Conservative Fighters makes it seem like they are the first to report this! Maybe someone will file a plagiarism theft claim! Semper Fi

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