EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A former police chief in southwestern Illinois has pleaded guilty to four counts of embezzlement for stealing nearly $140,000 in city funds.

The former top cop in Edwardsville, James Bedell, entered his plea in a federal court Wednesday in an agreement with prosecutors.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports he’ll have to repay the money. And it cites a prosecutor as saying there will be no sentencing recommendation.

Judge Michael Reagan told Bedell he faces a maximum 40-year prison sentence.

But when defendants plead guilty and don’t have prior felony records, as in Bedell’s case, they typically receive well below the maximum term.

Bedell embezzled money from 2009 to 2012. He resigned last fall on the day agents raided his home and office. He had been with the department since 2007.

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