Birmingham, Alabama , United States
|| March 17, 1948
|Died||January 08, 2019
Jan 08, 2019 09:53pm
Convicted - Imprisoned - Removed From Office -
|Info||Larry 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