- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri sheriff is set to be sentenced later this month for embezzlement and promoting a fraudulent investment scheme.

The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/208Wmjs ) reports that a federal judge set a Feb. 25 sentencing hearing for Joey Kyle. He resigned as Christian County sheriff on the same day that he entered a plea in the case.

His plea agreement said he submitted phony invoices to the county for things that were never actually purchased. Prosecutors said he also received more than $20,000 to help promote an investment fraud scheme for an individual accused of cheating investors.

Under the plea deal, Kyle agreed to spend a year and one day in prison and pay more than $50,000 in restitution. He’s remained out of prison while waiting for a sentencing hearing.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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