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  Langford, Larry
<-  2009-10-01  
NameLarry Langford
Birmingham, Alabama , United States
Website [Link]
Born March 17, 1948
DiedJanuary 08, 2019 (70 years)
ContributorUser 490
Last ModifedRBH
Jan 08, 2019 09:53pm
Tags Convicted - Imprisoned - Removed From Office -
InfoLarry Paul Langford was the Democratic mayor of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served on the Jefferson County, Alabama Commission, including a stint as commission president. He also acted as mayor of Fairfield, Alabama and served one term on the Birmingham City Council.

Langford is largely responsible and best known for raising money and generating public interest and support for Visionland Theme Park (now known as Alabama Adventure Theme Park), located near Bessemer. The park was built largely by bond issues backed by a consortium of municipalities in the western part of the county, as well as the city of Birmingham and the county government. The park later declared bankruptcy, and was sold to Southland Entertainment Group for just over $5 million at auction.

In 2007 Langford was investigated by the SEC on corruption charges. In 2008 a lawsuit was filed against him for illegally accepting $156,000 in cash and benefits.

On December 1, 2008, Langford, along with investment banker William B. Blount and former state Democratic Chairman Al LaPierre, were all arrested by the FBI on a 101-count indictment alleging conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns in connection with a long-running bribery scheme.His public corruption trial ended on October 28, 2009, with convictions on 60 counts, and resulted in his automatic removal from office.

On March 5, 2010, Langford was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a federal judge in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was also fined more than $119,000


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Oct 28, 2009 06:00pm News [Brimingham, AL Mayor]Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts  Article User 490 
Sep 30, 2009 09:00am News Lawsuit claims Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford walked out of bingo operation with a rigged jackpot   Article Monsieur 
Dec 01, 2008 12:00pm General Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford arrested on federal charges  Article DFWDem 

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