BRADENTON, Fla. - A former Birmingham, Ala., City Council member and former Jefferson County commissioner was charged Friday with 97 counts of fraud in connection with the theft of $250,000 from Computer Help for Kids, a local charity created to provide refurbished computers to disadvantaged children.

Gregory John Katopodis, 61, now a resident of Boston, was arrested Friday before a federal indictment was unsealed, said U.S. attorney Alice Martin, who announced the charges along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.

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