Former East St. Louis Official Admits Corruption

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — East St. Louis’ former community development director faces a September sentencing now that he’s pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme involving a failed $5.5 million affordable-housing project.

Arthur Johnson pleaded guilty last week to charges that he wrongly got cash payments and agreed to take a job with a developer who was to get $800,000 in funds administered by the Community Block Grant Development program. Johnson headed the program.

The 61-year-old Johnson also admitted knowingly approving a falsified billing invoice that sought to reimburse the developer for bogus expenses.

Johnson was indicted in January.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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