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Ex-assistant to Birmingham mayor sentenced in money laundering scheme

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A former Birmingham mayoral aide has been sentenced to prison in a money laundering scheme.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1hOOx3D ) 52-year-old Kenneth Lee Crittenden was sentenced Thursday to two and a half years in prison.

Crittenden, Mayor William Bell's former administrative assistant, pleaded guilty in December to money laundering through his private business, "EZ Autos."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Dimler said when agents raided the condo of convicted drug dealer Billy Williams Jr. in 2013, they found a document showing he and Crittenden had a joint bank account. Dimler said during interviews with federal agents, Crittenden admitted knowing that Williams was a drug dealer.

Prosecutors said Crittenden, who also served prison time on drug charges, bought a Corvette for Williams and told agents he made between $100 and $200 on the deal.

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