Alabama lawmaker arrested on felony perjury charges

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise was arrested Thursday on charges of perjury and giving false statements to law enforcement, making him the second legislator to face criminal charges in an ongoing investigation of state government.

Moore was charged with two counts of first-degree perjury and two counts of making false statements in a public corruption case under investigation by the Alabama attorney general’s office. Moore turned himself in at the Lee County jail. A special grand jury convened by the attorney general’s office has been meeting in Lee County off and on since summer and few details of the case are known.

“It is a serious crime to provide false statements to a grand jury,” Acting Attorney General Van Davis said in a statement about the arrest.

“All citizens who testify before a grand jury must testify truthfully – even elected public officials. Any witness who makes a false statement in the matter under investigation by the Lee County special grand jury will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of their political affiliation or position,” Davis said.

The Enterprise legislator was arrested and released on $10,000 bond, according to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

Moore didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment. Moore was first elected to the Alabama House in 2010. He owns a waste-hauling company in Coffee County.

Attorney General Luther Strange appointed Davis to handle the investigation after he stepped aside from the probe. The attorney general’s office has not commented on the subject of the investigation other than it involves potential public corruption in Alabama.

Former Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, earlier this month entered into a plea deal with prosecutors. Wren pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor ethics charge and agreed to cooperate with state investigators.

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