- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A Gadsden man is charged with stealing from the public during his time as Etowah County’s coroner.

Authorities say ex-coroner Michael Gladden is charged with felony theft by deception and a dozen misdemeanor charges of failing to file required reports.

The 40-year-old Gladden is free on bond following his arrest Tuesday.

Defense attorney Roy McCord says Gladden maintains his innocence.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says Gladden is accused of falsifying mileage information and receiving payments for duties he didn’t perform. He allegedly took $40,207 in deceptive payments.

The statement says Gladden also failed to file required death reports dating to January 2014.

Gladden was elected to two four-year terms as coroner, most recently in 2010. He lost a bid for a state House seat last year.

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