Ex-East St. Louis official admits trying to extort - KMOV.com

Ex-East St. Louis official admits trying to extort

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Sentencing will be in September for the former deputy liquor commissioner in East St. Louis who's admitted trying to extort on the job and lying to the FBI and Internal Revenue Service.

Thirty-two-year-old Walter Dortez Hill of Belleville pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to attempted extortion and lying to federal agents.

Grand jurors indicted Hill last August, accusing him of using his position to seek cash, booze and sexual favors from liquor license holders between July 2008 and March 2009.

Federal agents raided Hill's City Hall office in March 2009. He was placed on administrative leave, and city leaders wrote his position out of the city budget two months later.

Hill could face 33 to 41 months under federal guidelines when sentenced Sept. 28.

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