Former LLCC worker sentenced to prison

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A former Lincoln Land Community College employee who pleaded guilty to defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the institution has been sentenced to prison.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that John Martinez, 48, was sentenced to 29 months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding LLCC of nearly $700,000.  According to DOJ officials, Martinez admitted to repeatedly forging his supervisors' signatures to authorize purchases and issue checks to fictitious vendors.  Officials say the checks were then deposited by Martinez for personal use.

In addition to the prison sentence, Martinez was ordered to pay $695,401 in restitution to Lincoln Land Community College and its insurers.  Martinez remains on bond, and will report to begin serving his prison sentence.

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