HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The FBI says they're working to promote a new resource to fight corruption in north Alabama. They're offering public tip lines, both in phone and email form.
This effort comes against a background of Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's conviction of corruption in office and a governor currently under scrutiny for his use of state resources.
The public can call in corruption tips in north Alabama at 844-404-TIPS (8477).
You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
An FBI spokesperson says billboards are already up promoting the info.
The FBI's Paul Daymond says the initiative will include training conferences to help people get what kinds of public corruption laws and ethics rules they deal with in the highest courts.
They say they can respond to all manner of public corruption tips, but list a few problems they're on the lookout for, including:
- Any official act in exchange for money or other free goods or services
- Accepting a bribe for awarding a contract
- Taking a kickback for providing a permit
- Inaction by law enforcement for payment
Daymond emphasizes that the Jefferson County Sewer case started with a public tip. That tipster is still anonymous to this day.