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Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks: Marvin Warner


In August, we’re celebrating Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks, whether they be liars, thieves, extortionists, swindlers or thugs. Running daily until Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s Aug. 31 federal trial. Thanks to Bhamwiki for helping with this project.

Marvin Warner

Marvin WarnerPositions held: Birmingham native appointed U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, attorney, insurance salesman, real estate developer, banker and owner of Home State Savings Bank in Cincinnati.

Wanted for: fraud and securities violations. His bad investments led to a run on his savings and loans across Ohio, draining the state’s insurance fund and causing about 90,000 to lose access to $143 million in savings.

Date of conviction: 1987

Sentence: Served 2 years, 4 months in prison, then lived on his farm in Florida while serving out 4 years of probation.

Criminally fun fact: Warner was team owner of the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions.

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2 Yips for “Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks: Marvin Warner”

  1. iloveuab.com
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 6:03 pm

    This series is so exciting! I’ll be checking in daily to meet all the wonderful Bham Crooks

  2. Wade
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 9:30 pm

    Excellent. Hope you don’t make the list.

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