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EAST ST. LOUIS ( – A former director of the East St. Louis Public Library is accused of using the library credit card for personal purchases.

Wednesday, Marlon P. Bush, 47, was indicted on three counts of wire fraud and three counts of embezzlement from the City of East St. Louis Public Library.

The indictment alleges that Bush took an excess salary and charged personal purchases to the library’s credit card between September 2014 and December 2016. Among the alleged personal charges were tickets for the Dallas Mavericks, throwing knives, a machete, an ax and tickets to see entertained Bootsy Collins.

Each wire fraud count carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, and each embezzlement charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison. In addition, each punishable offense could carry a fine of up to $250,000, along with mandatory restitution.

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