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Former Illinois county chairman sentenced in fraud case

A former Illinois county board chairman has been sentenced to serve 12 months and a day in federal prison for a wire fraud scheme. (Courtesy: MGN Online)

A former Illinois county board chairman has been sentenced to serve 12 months and a day in federal prison for a wire fraud scheme.

The Pantagraph reports that 51-year-old Matt Sorensen pleaded guilty in November, admitting he defrauded a Chicago consulting firm of nearly $500,000. He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will be on parole for year after he's released.

At the sentencing hearing, Sorensen said he "should have known better."

The former McLean County Board chairman was indicted in August 2015 on five wire fraud counts in connection with being an internal consultant for State Farm.

Sorensen's attorney Stuart Chanen says he and his client were "pleased with the sentence."

Prosecutors had asked the judge to consider a more than 2-year sentence.


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