Alabama
9:47 am
Thu June 10, 2004

Siegelman and Others In Court

Birmingham, AL – Former Governor Don Siegelman and two co-defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning. Siegelman, his former Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick and Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo were indicted in May on charges of conspiring to rig bids on state maternity care contracts sought by Bobo's company. The contracts were awarded by the state Medicaid Agency to pay for medical care for poor pregnant women. The three are accused of diverting 550 thousand state dollars to the state fire college in Tuscaloosa...Bobo was in charge of the college. The indictment says he planned to use that money to buy off a company that was competing against him for the maternity contracts. All three have said they're not guilty. Siegelman says the indictment is politically motivated.