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Former Fire College President Denies Allegations

By Associated Press

Tuscaloosa, AL – Former Alabama Fire College president William Langston, through his attorney, is denying allegations in an indictment accusing him.

The indictment accuses him of illegally diverting one-and-a-half (M) million dollars from the Tuscaloosa school and its foundation to benefit himself, his family and friends.

The 65-year-old Langston was arrested Tuesday and released on $10,000 bond.

The 37-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury accused him of fraud, conspiracy and theft.

In a statement, Langston's attorney, Anthony Joseph, says his client ''categorically denies each and every criminal allegation in the indictment, and we look forward to establishing his innocence at trial.''

Langston resigned as president of the fire college last year amid a criminal probe into its finances and its private foundation, which he headed.

Questions were raised about the foundation building Langston a $335,000 home in Millbrook.

The home, which he decided not to move into after the probe began, was among the allegedly illegal benefits cited in the indictment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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