WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The former fire chief in Delaware's largest city has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing from an association of minority firefighters that he once led.

The News Journal reports Anthony Goode entered the plea earlier this week His lawyer said Goode maintains his innocence.

Prosecutors allege that Good, who retired from the Wilmington Fire Department in August, engaged in racketeering and theft involving the Gallant Blazers firefighters association from January 2009 to October 2016.

Last month, city officials agreed to pay $75,000 to settle claims from five white firefighters who said they were victims of race-based discrimination and harassment under Goode, who is black.