Ex-Edwardsville police chief gets 18-month sentence for embezzling city funds

News-DemocratSeptember 19, 2013 

A former Edwardsville police chief was given an 18-month sentence Thursday for taking tow fees collected by the city.

James Bedell, who resigned last October, had pleaded guilty in April to four federal counts of embezzlement and theft from the city while he was Edwardsville's police chief.

The money was stolen from tow fees and used to support Bedell's gambling habit, prosecutors have said.

U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan sentenced Bedell.

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