Former Kansas City Municipal Judge Deborah Neal has been sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for fraud. The federal prosecutor says Neal solicited money from lawyers and others. Some of those she asked for money were lawyers with cases over which she presided. Neal had pleaded guilty in May. The prosecutor says she was charged with fraud because she conducted a sceheme to deprive citizens of the right to honest services of a judge. At least 17 lawyers and three bonding companies gave her nearly $36,000, loans, and tickets for concerts and sporting events.
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