The son of Alabama’s top law enforcement officer, along with all six of his co-defendants in a recent federal indictment, intend to plead guilty to charges they defrauded the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Christopher Chance Collier, the 24-year-old son of Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier, filed an intent to plead guilty Nov. 12. Co-defendants Harvey Collier, Tonya Collier, Wayne Collier, Bobby Rogers, Michael Steiner and Simon Williams followed suit and will appear before U.S. District Court Judge Kristi Dubose Nov. 22 to enter plea agreements.
Details of the case are undisclosed and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Mobile could not provide information beyond the original indictment, which charges each defendant with one count of access device fraud and one count of mail fraud, alleging that each stole more than $1,000 from the Deepwater Horizon Spill Trust Fund by filing fraudulent claims through the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
Access device fraud carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison with fines of as much as $250,000, while a conviction on mail fraud can carry a 20-year sentence and $250,000 fine.
Also ensnared in the indictment were one of Secretary Collier’s brothers, his former sister-in-law and a nephew. Christopher Collier was also arrested earlier this year in a drug sting and charged with several counts of selling prescription pills to an undercover agent. That case has been sent to a grand jury, according to records.
This story was updated Dec. 10 to correct the relationships of people identified.