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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP/KMOV) -- A former East St. Louis police sergeant has pleaded guilty in federal court to collecting thousands of dollars in unearned overtime pay.

On Friday, Mario H. Fennoy, 48, of Lebanon admitted receiving more than $5,000 in fraudulent pay from April 2017 through March 2018. Some of that money came through a $34,000 federal grant.

Prosecutors believe the 21-year veteran might have stolen at least $130,000 through 50 requests claiming more than 200 hours of overtime. Fennoy's salary during the period jumped from $69,400 to more than $200,000.

Fennoy faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengal agreed to allow Fennoy to remain free until his sentencing in February.

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