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Former Bridgeport, Illinois Mayor Headed to Jail

A federal judge this week sentenced former Bridgeport, Illinois Mayor Max Schauf to 18-months in prison for using bogus invoices to skim money from the Lawrence County community.

The 56-year-old Schauf was also fined five-thousand dollars and ordered to repay more than fifty-four thousand dollars to Bridgeport.

Schauf pleaded guilty in March to three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstructing justice.

Schauf admitted submitting false invoices, contracts and bills to Bridgeport for services and equipment over a nearly three-year period until March 2011.

He took a portion of money for personal use.

Schauf was mayor at the time and didn't seek re-election last April.