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Ex-Springfield school board president sentenced for theft

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former president of the Springfield-based Illinois Board of Education has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for theft.

Adam Lopez was accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from clients while a financial adviser for the insurance company Country Financial.

Lopez pleaded guilty last month to felony theft.

Under an agreement with the Sangamon County state's attorney's office, three counts of financial exploitation of the elderly and a count of financial exploitation of a person with disabilities were dismissed.

In an emotional statement before Associate Judge Rudolph Braud, the 38-year-old Lopez apologized to those he stole from between April 2014 and September 2018.

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