- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend three months in federal prison on charges he bought a gas stove by forging a check belonging to a village he worked for.

Thirty-seven-year-old Douglas Knowles, a former Washington Park streets superintendent, also was sentenced Friday in East St. Louis to six months of post-prison home detention.

Knowles pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of possessing and presenting a forged check.

Federal prosecutors say Knowles was Washington Park’s streets superintendent in December 2012 when he bought a gas stove from a Fairview Heights store with a check bearing the forged signature of the village’s mayor.

Authorities say Knowles installed the appliance in his home.

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