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2 years for corrupt business influence

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Friday to two years behind bars and ordered to pay more than $130,000 in restitution for corrupt business influence.

Richard Phillips, 34, aka “Richie Rich,” pleaded guilty to the felony charge in June.

According to court documents, Phillips took more than $110,000 from his then in-laws and put about $2,000 in hotel room charges on a woman’s credit card without her permission.

A man told police he and his band gave Phillips $17,300 in August 2011 to promote their group, but he never did, according to court files.

And in June 2012, according to court documents, the owner of a promotional company in Bloomington said Phillips failed to deliver to him the proceeds from a show in South Bend as promised.

On Friday, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Phillips to six years in prison but ordered four years suspended and to be served on probation.

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