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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A martial arts instructor from southwestern Illinois has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for sexually abusing three young students.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland, Illinois was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge David Herndon.
Horton pleaded guilty in October to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.
Federal prosecutors say Horton recorded video of himself committing sex acts on students ages 6, 8 and 10. Horton taught martial arts to the victims at a Belleville studio.
Police questioned Horton after someone discovered one of the videos and contacted law enforcement. Prosecutors say they recovered 57 video files from Horton's cell phone.
He also was ordered to pay $3,250 restitution.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois village's former trustee faces up to a decade in federal prison now that he's pleaded guilty to committing health care fraud.
Thirty-nine-year-old Darron Suggs pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.
Suggs admitted he filed fraudulent Medicaid bills on behalf of two people receiving federal aid for home health care. He falsely claimed he acted as their personal health care assistant for seven years beginning in 2006.
The federal government says the fraud netted Suggs nearly $65,000.
Suggs was a Washington Park trustee who also served as a St. Clair County probation officer but left that job in July.
Suggs also faces up to $250,000 in fines when sentenced March 14.]]>
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A travel-marketing firm based in southwestern Illinois says it will emerge from bankruptcy now that a judge has signed off on the sale of assets for $3.5 million.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an East St. Louis federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of YTB International of Wood River, Illinois to Jamraval Incorporated.
YTB is a seller of Internet-based travel services and products. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.
The company's new owner, Sam Hathi, will oversee YTB's day-to-day operations.
YTB's president and CEO, Andy Cauthen, will remain at the 12-year-old company in an unspecified
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has again delayed the sentencing of a former Madison County treasurer to allow him to continue cooperating with a federal corruption investigation.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Friday delayed Fred Bathon's sentencing from August 30th until December 6th. Earlier this year the judge delayed Bathon's sentencing from May until August.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Bathon's attorney filed a motion requesting the delay. Prosecutors didn't object.
Bathon pleaded guilty in February to rigging 2005-2008 tax lien auctions so that his political donors profited from inflated penalties paid by property owners.
Bathon could receive a prison sentence of between 31 and 40 months, though his sentence could be reduced because of his cooperation with investigators.
Customers in the Metro East are overpaying by $300 million dollars a year for their smartphone plans. The study was released by the Citizens Utility Board in cooperation with wireless research firm Vaildas.
Rajiv Ravulapati with Citizens Utility Board tell KTRS News that consumers may not want to switch from their current carrier, but that change could save a lot of money, "Consider prepaid plans, because they are getting more sophisticated these days. To the point where Boost Mobile, for example, offers a no-contract plan which offers unlimited talk, text, and data for $50 a month."
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