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11 Indicted, 1 Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy In Ala. Bingo Probe

Montgomery, AL – Federal officials have indicted the owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several top lobbyists in a scheme to buy and sell votes to get electronic bingo legalized. One defendant also has pleaded guilty to offering $2 million for a vote.

The Justice Department announced Monday that an employee of a Montgomery lobbying firm, Jennifer Pouncy, admitted she offered the $2 million to a senator at the direction of her boss, casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer says the federal investigation found criminal activity that was astonishing in scope. He calls it a full-scale campaign to bribe legislators and others.

The indictment, with 11 defendants, also alleges senators solicited money for their votes.

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor is among those indicted. His attorney said he is absolutely innocent and looks forward to proving it.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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