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Beard sentencing set for next year

The sentencing for Burt Beard, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud in September, is set for January 22, 2018 (KTVO File)

The sentencing for a Kirksville business owner who pleaded guilty to bank fraud is set for next year.

Online federal court records show the sentencing for Burt Beard is scheduled for January 22, 2018.

Beard, one of the owners of Beard’s Decorating Center in Kirksville and a former president of K-REDI, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in federal court in September.

Court documents showed that Beard, while volunteer treasurer for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Missouri, wrote himself more than 150 checks totaling over $380,000 in fraudulent payouts between March 2008 and August 2014.

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