PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A former Rhode Island lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to charges that he embezzled from his campaign account.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general says former state Rep. Peter Palumbo entered his plea in Providence Superior Court Wednesday.

The 56-year-old Cranston Democrat lost his re-election campaign in 2014.

A State Police investigation into Palumbo began after a Board of Elections audit revealed he wasn’t accounting for about $59,000 in cash withdrawals from his campaign account. Investigators say he also withdrew about $16,000 from ATMs at seven different casinos over five years.

He is charged with embezzlement, unlawful appropriation and personal use of campaign funds.

His attorney has declined to comment on the case. Palumbo is scheduled to return to court Aug. 16 for a pretrial conference.