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The Family Behind Orkin Pest Control Has Connections to Massive Accounting Fraud

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest Communities, has been the subject of numerous posts here at Legal Schnauzer, focusing on his questionable legal tactics and business practices. Rollins has strong ties to Alabama because of a curious divorce case he brought in Shelby County against Sherry Carroll Rollins, even though the case had been initiated by Ms. Rollins in South Carolina--and litigated there for three years. Also, Ted Rollins' primary corporate law firm is Birmingham-based Bradley Arant, and he has a $26.3-million student-housing development planned for Auburn University.

Alabama residents have plenty of reasons to scrutinize Ted Rollins, and that point was driven home recently when we discovered that the Rollins family has ties to massive accounting fraud. In fact, the case unfolded throughout the 2000s, it involved both civil and criminal penalties, and it sounds an awful lot like the scandal that engulfed Birmingham's own HealthSouth.

Stockholders filed securities lawsuits and wound up with settlements worth about $44.5 million. At least two executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges, and one was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Ted Rollins, as we have noted, belongs to one of the wealthiest families in the country, the folks behind Orkin Pest Control and other profitable enterprises. Orkin operates under the banner of Rollins Inc., which is based in Atlanta and headed by brothers Randall and Gary Rollins, Ted's cousins. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Randall and Gary Rollins each had stock wealth in 2005 of more than $700 million. That probably means they both have stock worth of more than $1 billion by now--and God only knows their total net worth.

How did the Rollins family get so filthy rich? Well, it looks like they used some under-handed business practices along the way.

The Rollins accounting scandal involved a company called Safety-Kleen, which was the result of several mergers in the 1990s. John W. Rollins Sr., Ted's father, was the man behind all the shuffling. Here is how one publication described the process that left Safety-Kleen under the Rollins umbrella:

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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