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FAIRMONT (AP) — The former mayor of Grant Town has pleaded not guilty to charges that he embezzled $9,000 from the local volunteer fire department.

Robert Dale Riggs Jr. was indicted by a Marion County grand jury earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty to nine felony counts Oct. 25. A trial is set for Nov. 28

Riggs was arrested in November 2011 by West Virginia State Police. Investigators say he fraudulently cashed checks from the fire department accounts.

The Times West Virginian reports that, in addition to being mayor, Riggs headed the volunteer fire department.

Riggs admitted to writing and cashing each check during an interview with police. According to the criminal complaint, police reported that Riggs did not say what he did with the cash and may have misplaced it.

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