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Transit official pleads not guilty to embezzlement

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) -- The chief financial officer for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than a half-million dollars from his East Oakland church.

The 57-year-old Lewis Green Clinton Jr. faces up to five years in prison for four counts of grand theft with white-collar enhancements after prosecutors say he embezzled money from the Allen Temple Baptist Church from 2007 through 2013.

Clinton is accused of diverting the funds from the 5,000-member Allen Temple Baptist Church between 2007 and 2013.

According to court documents, he used the money to pay for a luxury car, private schools for his children, mortgage payments and a golf club membership.

On Monday, Clinton was put on paid administrative leave from AC Transit.

Clinton's attorney, Michael Thorman, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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