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Ex-Johnson County Leader Gets 4 Years For Theft

CLEBURNE (AP) — A former elected official in North Texas who accepted at least $125,000 in alleged bribes has been sentenced to four years in prison.

A judge in Cleburne on Tuesday sentenced ex-Johnson County Commissioner John Matthews in a plea agreement.

Mathews pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant, tampering with public records and abuse of power. He must repay the county $5,000.

Matthews resigned in June 2011 and was indicted last December. He had faced trial in September.

An audit found Matthews used a county-issued credit card to buy personal items. The review led to the discovery that Matthews received payments from an ex-college roommate affiliated with a company selling road-building products. Matthews was accused of funneling county business to the company.

The investigation continues.

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