- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A retired Los Angeles police detective accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from a foundation that represents black police officers and employees has pleaded not guilty.

The district attorney’s office says James Edwards is charged with one count of embezzlement with an “excessive-taking allegation” of more than $50,000.

Prosecutors allege Edwards stole more than $150,000 over two years. The 64-year-old entered his plea Tuesday.

As president of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, Edwards was the only person authorized to write checks or make withdrawals from the group’s bank account. He resigned after he was questioned by foundation officials in July 2013 about unauthorized transactions.

Prosecutors say the defendant has paid back most of the funds.

He’s scheduled to return to court Nov. 6 for a preliminary hearing.

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