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Moss Point Alderman Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

The charges against Moss Point Ward 6 Alderman Al Bodden are outlined in a 13 count federal indictment. Bodden, 37, was given a court appointed attorney Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to six counts of bank fraud, six counts of identity fraud and one count of witness tampering.

The government says the crimes occurred from January through April of this year at Bodden's car dealership, Al Bodden Supercenter, in Moss Point. 

The indictment says Bodden tried to defraud Amsouth Bank in Jackson and Navigator Credit Union in Pascagoula by creating and falsifying car loan applications and documents. It says Bodden did that by using other peoples' names and forging their signatures on the loan paperwork.

Bodden is also accused of witness tampering. He allegedly offered money to a person to stop them from talking to law enforcement about the alleged bank fraud.

Bodden is free on $25,000 bond. He said in court he is closing his car dealership this week because the property is being sold.

If convicted on all charges, he faces more than 200 years in prison and more than $6 million in fines. Bodden's trial date is set for November 6th in Gulfport.

by Marcia Hill

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