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Former East St. Louis Official Gets 3 Years for Accepting Bribes

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – East St. Louis’ former community development director has been sentenced to three years and a month in federal prison for accepting bribes to give a developer favorable treatment.

Sixty-two-year-old Arthur Johnson also was fined $6,000 during sentencing Tuesday in East St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in May to charges of corruption and aiding and abetting wire fraud.

Authorities say 80-year-old Harold Rosen of Clayton provided cash to Johnson as part of a failed $5.6 million affordable-housing project in East St. Louis.

Federal prosecutors say Rosen used bogus documents in applying for bank loans and that he provided fictitious invoices and waivers to the city so he could get paid for work that he had not performed.

Rosen has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and will be sentenced Feb. 1.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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