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Larry Langford Arrested by FBI

December 1st, 2008 2 comments

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested this morning on over 101 counts of Bribery, Fraud, Conspiracy, Filing False Tax Returns, in the 101 count indictment of Larry P Langford and Friends.

Langford’s indictment comes as no surprise with the waning hours of the US District Attorney’s office likely to undergo change in January.  The Indictment also includes Langford’s Friends William Blount and Al LaPierre.

Birmingham’s NBC 13 Broke the news story a few hours ago:

Breaking News: Langford, LaPierre, Blount face 101-count federal indictment

Breaking News: Langford, LaPierre, Blount face 101-count federal indictmentAndrea Lindenberg and Rod Carter
Published: December 1, 2008

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested Monday and the 101-count indictment against him has been unsealed.

This morning, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin announced that Langford, along with friend Al LaPierre and businessman Bill Blount, face charges of conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns.

Langford was taken into custody at his job at Birmingham Budweiser Distributing. LaPierre turned himself in. Blount was expected to do the same.

Martin said Langford, as president of the Jefferson County Commission, steered $7.1 million in business to Bill Blount’s investment banking firm Blount Parrish. Martin said that in exchange, Blount ensured Langford’s “crushing debt” to the tune of $235,000.

During the news conference Martin said Langford received bribes from Blount—through friend Al LaPierre—to buy clothes and jewelry from expensive New York boutiques and high-end stores in Birmingham as well.

Martin said that between 2003 and 2006, Blount paid for about $235,000 in clothing, jewelry and charge account bills for Langford.

The U.S. Attorney also said that Blount gave Langford a $11,000 Rolex watch.

Another accusation is that Bill Blount engineered a personal loan from Colonial Bank for Langford, who defaulted on the loan. Then, Martin said, Blount set up a loan for LaPierre at the same same bank to pay off Langford’s original loan.

Martin said it was all in return for steering Jefferson County bond business to Blount’s Montgomery firm, including the multi-billion dollar sewer bond business.

She said, “He (Langford) sold his public office to a friend.”

Reginald McDanial with the Internal Revenue Service said, it was a “textbook, tax fraud scheme.” He went on to say, “all money is taxable, even money from illegal activity is taxable.”

On Monday morning, Deborah Vance with the mayor’s office released a statement which said in part:

“This is certainly no surprise to us—we anticipated something happening soon especially knowing Alice Martin’s days in office are numbered with the swearing in of a new president in late January—just a little over a month from now.”

Langford was set to make a first appearance Monday morning at 10 a.m.

The gift of SEO to Charity – Links!

December 28th, 2007 No comments

Andrew Shotland of Local SEO Guide made a post about giving the greatest online gift to charity, links. Links are one of the most important parts of doing well in search engines. Most non-profit organizations or charities don’t spend a whole lot of money on online advertiseing due to tight budgest. I give cash donations all through out the year. The organization that I choose for my charity link is an organization that impacted my life the most, The Boy Scouts of America.

From the time I was six years old till now a day doesn’t go by that I don’t benefit from the life skills I learned were not beneficial. You can see my local Boy Scout Organization here. Some other organizations that I often contribute to are Auburn University Political Science Department and the Saint Paul Foundation.

You too should add your favorite organization to your blog or you can post it in the comments below and hopefully google will pickup the link.

Merry Christmas

December 23rd, 2007 1 comment

Merry Christmas all-

The main point of this posting is to wish you a Merry Christmas and announce the launch of my mothers website. A couple weeks back I was trying to come up with a gift for my mom. How do you give someone a gift when they have everything they need, you make them something! I don’t have a wood shop and I am not the most crafty person so I built her a website.

Because my mom isn’t the most tech savoy person and I figure she didn’t really want to learn how to do advanced coding I setup a WordPress blog for the ease of use content management. I added a few plugins to make it search engine friendly and easier to use. I found a template that is plain and basic and easy to use. I don’t think she will become a full-time blogger… Even thought she now has a professional blog platform to express her opinion if she wants or even setup a place for students or fellow teachers to use as a resource. Blogs are not new but the platform they use has turned into a great place for novice website administrators to look professional too. Plus it is a great relevant link to my website too.

I will report back to you on her reaction. If it is a good one or if she seems remotely interested you too can setup something up for someone else. A gift of a only a few hours and very low budget can be one of the most cutting edge and thoughtful gifts of the holiday season. Plus the cost is only a matter of time and a small budget. Most everything is free except the domain and hosting fees. If you catch the $6.99 domain sales at godaddy.com or others you can by a years worth of hosting for about $20 if you go with a very low end host. A few hours of work and you have a gift that keeps on giving for as long as they want.

I set this platform up but she can do what she likes with it. Enjoy the website and feel free to contact us to share your input. See my Merry Christmas Welcome my mom to the world wide web.

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