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Former library director sentenced to prison for fraud

July 27, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A one-year prison sentence has been handed a former East St. Louis Public Library director who admitted to wire fraud and embezzlement.

U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft says after serving his year-long prison stint, Marlon Bush will serve six months of home detention and two years of supervised release.

The 48-year-old Bush was accused of using library credit cards for personal expenses, including the purchase of NBA and concert tickets, a machete, an ax and other items while director between 2014 and 2016. Bush was also accused of paying himself more than authorized and stealing from the salary of a library employee.

As part of his sentence, Bush was ordered to pay $48,102.86 in restitution to the library.

Bush faced federal charges because the library receives federal funds.

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