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Former Des Moines Councilman Guilty of Theft

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former Des Moines City Councilman and Polk County supervisor has been found guilty of stealing $25,000 from an old friend.

The Des Moines Register reports that Gene Phillips faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced on Nov. 13.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Richard Blane II acquitted Phillips of abusing a dependent adult.

Prosecutors say Phillips had money troubles and been doing a lot of gambling in 2008 and 2009. He was accused of writing himself an unauthorized $25,000 check from the account of a fellow former Des Moines firefighter, Roger Johnson, in November 2008. The ailing Johnson had given Phillips control over Johnson's accounts.

The 74-year-old Phillips says the money was a gift and vows to appeal the verdict.

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