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Former Mascoutah employee sentenced for accepting illegal gratuities

The former water treatment manager for the City of Mascoutah has been sentenced for accepting illegal gratuities.

Richard Lowell Jones, 60, of Troy, Ill., was sentenced to three years’ probation, with the first six months on home confinement, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District.

According to court documents, Jones served as the city water treatment manager from 2016 to early 2020. During that time, he ordered chemicals and services on behalf of the city and received a kickback from the vendor in the form of 10 percent of the total purchases, which he kept for himself as a personal commission.

Public officials are prohibited from using their positions to further their own financial interests. When those positions are funded in part by federal dollars, the offense can be prosecuted federally.

As part of his sentence, Jones was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay restitution to the City of Mascoutah in the amount of $27,232.70.

FBI-Springfield and the Mascoutah Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith prosecuted the case.

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