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updated: 3/13/2014 8:45 AM

Illinois man gets 6 months in jobless benefits theft

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EAST ST. LOUIS -- A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend six months in federal prison for stealing unemployment benefits.

Thirty-one-year-old Mark A. Lewis of Swansea also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of post-prison supervised release during an appearance in an East St. Louis federal court. He also must repay roughly $2,000 to the federal U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

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Lewis pleaded guilty last November to a theft charge. He admitted that from January through May of last year he improperly collected unemployment benefits while hiding the fact he had a job.

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