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Prison worker sentenced for fraud

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former Wisconsin prison worker to more than a year behind bars for claiming travel expenses he never incurred.

According to prosecutors and court documents, Christopher Seifer submitted more than 1,380 false claims seeking federal reimbursement for traveling to health clubs to rehabilitate an injury he suffered as an electronics technician at the federal prison in Oxford. He obtained more than $84,000 in mileage reimbursements between March 2006 and October 2012 for travel that never happened.

A jury found Seifer guilty on four counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government property in June.

U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Seifer on Friday to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $84,717 in restitution.

Seifer’s attorney didn’t return a message.

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