Eric Hinson

Former St. Clair Fire Protection District Chief and Treasurer Eric Hinson was sentenced to 35 months in prison on Thursday morning after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to one felony count of fraud and five felony counts of tax evasion.

United States District Court Judge E. Richard Webber sentenced Hinson. Webber is the federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Hinson also was ordered to pay $615,000 in restitution. Of that amount, $515,000 will go to the fire district while the other $100,000 will be returned to the bonding company, board President Robin Jobe told The Missourian late Thursday morning.

No other details immediately were known.

Hinson’s guilty plea in February came after his Jan. 9 indictment on fraud and multiple tax evasion charges involving his alleged misuse of about $593,236 of district funds between January 2006 and September 2011.

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