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Ex-mayor sentenced to prison in fraud scheme

BRIDGEPORT — A former southern Illinois mayor has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for using bogus invoices to skim money from the Lawrence County community of Bridgeport.

Fifty-six-year-old Max Schauf on Thursday also was fined $5,000 and ordered to repay more than $54,000 to Bridgeport, a 2,200-resident farming and oil town about 170 miles east of St. Louis

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

Charged in an indictment last November, Schauf later 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.

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