Assistant to Mayor Bell pleads not guilty to money laundering charge

Kenneth Crittenden, rear, and his attorney, Jonathan Cross, leave the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala. following an arraignment hearing, Thursday, October 17, 2013. (


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- ABC 33/40 has learned prior to his indictment on one count of money laundering, Kenneth Crittenden had served previous time in prison after pleading guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance in 1993.

The special assistant to Birmingham Mayor William Bell was arraigned Thursday on a charge accusing him of using his personal business, E-Z Auto Sales, to conceal the proceeds of drug trafficking activities.

Bell's office has not commented.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A special assistant to Birmingham Mayor William Bell entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning to one count of money laundering.

Kenneth Crittenden, who helped Bell schedule events at the Crossplex sports complex, entered the plea during an arraignment hearing in US District Court at the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse.

Crittenden was one of 10 men implicated in a 46-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury last week. The charge alleges he attempted to conceal "unlawful activity" while making financial transactions related to drug deals.

ABC 33/40 reporter Marissa Mitchell attempted to speak with Crittenden prior to his arraignment, but he declined to comment. He is being represented in the case by criminal defense attorney Jonathan S . Cross.