- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana state legislator has been jailed for failing to pay a $59,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws.

District Judge Michael Moses ordered 48-year-old Wesley Prouse of Shepherd jailed on Tuesday for contempt of court.

The fine stems from Prouse’s acceptance of just over $9,000 in illegal and unreported corporate campaign contributions in 2010.

The unreported spending included fliers attacking one of his opponents in the Republican primary for a state Senate seat. He lost in the primary.

A default judgment was entered in 2016 because Prouse did not appear in court to defend himself.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2w9Zs34) Prouse was given the option of providing financial records showing he couldn’t pay the fine, but did not produce the records.

Prouse served in the House from 1997-98.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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