- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama attorney has been convicted of first-degree theft after prosecutors said he improperly received payments from a state fund.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Thursday announced the conviction of Rodney Stallings of Centre.

Strange said a Cherokee County jury convicted Stallings late Tuesday following a two-day trial.

The case involved the State Fair Trial Tax Fund. Strange said evidence showed that Stallings took $328,246 by intentionally filing nearly 250 false fee declarations for indigent defense cases when he was not entitled to receive payment.

Strange said that Stallings never appeared as an attorney in some of the cases, and that he made up case numbers as well as defendants in other cases. Prosecutors say the crimes occurred between 2006 and 2012.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 5.

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