From the Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A Jefferson County grand jury has handed out an indictment against Scott Phillips, a former chairman of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, for violations of state ethics laws while he was on that commission, according to Al.com.
The indictment happened on Tuesday and, according to Al.com, Phillips has been charged with violating state ethics laws by, “soliciting a thing of value from a principal, lobbyist or subordinate, and receiving money in addition that received in one’s official capacity, according to the Alabama Ethics Commission.”
Al.com is also reporting that the indictments are connected to work Phillips performed while he was consulting for industries that wanted to stop a polluted Birmingham neighborhood from being included on the EPA’s National Priorities list.
“I am innocent of the charges that have been made against me.” Phillips said in a statement. “The charges against me are totally unfounded, and will be vigorously defended. I appreciate so much the continued and overwhelming support from my family, friends and clients.”