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updated: 6/11/2013 6:33 PM

Ex-coroner didn't pay arson fine, back in prison

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Associated Press

When former Will County Coroner Robert Tezak was sentenced to prison in 1994 after pleading guilty to arson, he was ordered to pay $1.24 million in fines and restitution.

Tezak, who was released in 2002, has been ordered back to prison by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly for failing to pay.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Samborn says Kennelly in May found Tezak was in violation of his supervisory release for not paying restitution and fines. He ordered Tezak back into federal custody for four months.

The (Joliet) Herald-News reported court records indicate the restitution owed by Tezak now totals $3.37 million because of interest.

Tezak admitted plotting to set fire in 1987 to a Crest Hill bowling alley he owned to collect a $1 million insurance payment.

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