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A Troy, Illinois man has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling from the charity he once ran. 42-year-old Christopher K. Coleman has pleaded guilty to embezzling over a quarter million dollars from the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, which is a non-profit organization in East St. Louis that receives federal funds.
As part of his plea, Coleman acknowledged that from July 2016 (when he became executive director of Neighborhood House) to the end of 2017, he embezzled over $250,000 from the faith-based organization, for the benefit of himself and others. He also acknowledged falsifying a federal tax return by failing to report the embezzled funds as income. Sentencing is scheduled for November 19, at which time he could be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years supervised release. Coleman will also be required to pay restitution, which according to prosecutors is more than $270,000.