For Ex-Chancellor of Alabama Colleges, What the State Giveth, the Feds Taketh Away

December 13, 2006

Federal prosecutors have accused Roy W. Johnson, who was fired in July as chancellor of Alabama’s two-year-college system, of trading state business for a private mansion.

Mr. Johnson has not been charged with any crime, but prosecutors on Friday filed a forfeiture complaint in federal court stating that Mr. Johnson had taken at least $300,000 from contractors in exchange for helping them secure state business, The Birmingham News reported. Mr. Johnson is accused of using the money to help build his $1.3-million home, which the prosecutors now hope to claim.

The allegations are part of a criminal investigation into the college system that has produced two guilty pleas so far. The system has been dogged for months by accusations of nepotism among top officials, including Mr. Johnson, questionable spending practices, and outright fraud, among other allegations.