Driver of Former Two-year Chancellor to Plead Guilty to Obstruction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

The driver for former two-year college Chancellor Roy Johnson has agreed to plead guilty to obstructing a federal corruption investigation.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin released a statement on the plea deal with Lanier Robert Higgins, who was charged with obstructing a federal grand jury in July 2006.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Higgins was a maintenance worker at Southern Union Community College when he got a new job as Johnson’s driver and personal assistant in late 2004.

Martin said Higgins received money from vendors who did work in the system and passed the money along to Johnson.

She said Johnson then used that money for personal expenses, including construction costs on a new home.

–Associated Press



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