Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful state Republican boss, has been indicted on 23 criminal counts, including using his office for personal gain, reports AL.com. Hubbard, 52, who led a historic Republican takeover of the state Legislature in 2010, was charged after a yearlong investigation. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for each count.
According to the indictment, Hubbard solicited favors from some of Alabama’s rich and powerful, including former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and many prominent businessmen. He is accused of soliciting or receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in business from Riley and others for his personal firms, including The Auburn Network and Craftmaster Printing. “This isn’t just an indictment of the speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives,” said John Archibald of AL.com. “This is an indictment of Alabama.”