EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A man who misused tens of thousands of dollars in federal grant money while working for Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
A federal judge in East St. Louis sentenced 40-year-old Korey Rush of Swansea to 33 months in prison and ordered him to repay more than $38,000.
Rush pleaded guilty in October to wire fraud, misapplication of federal funds and witness tampering.
Rush had been the university's assistant program director in a federally funded East St. Louis program meant to help disadvantaged high school students and dropouts reach college.
Rush used grants in 2007 to buy gift cards, electronics, alcohol, groceries and other items. He also urged a family friend to lie to investigators.
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