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Madison Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Federal Prison For Fraud

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for defrauding Missouri and Illinois people who were selling their vehicles.

Forty-six-year-old Gordon Caldwell of Madison pleaded guilty in March in East St. Louis to felony counts of conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. A judge also ordered Coldwell to pay roughly $88,000 in restitution.

Authorities say that from April 2011 to August of last year, Caldwell used bogus cashier's checks to buy cars, sport utility vehicles and motorcycles from sellers throughout the St. Louis region.

Caldwell also admitted that at least twice he used fraudulently obtained vehicle titles to take out car loans.

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