Troy Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Case

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Christopher Coleman, age 42, of Troy, pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling over $250,000 from the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis.

The Neighborhood House receives federal funds.

Coleman was executive director of the faith-based organization. He admitted in court that from July of 2016 to the end of 2017 he embezzled money 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. Coleman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine and the payment of restitution, which has been reported to be $270,655.

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