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Former Elma mayor charged with campaign fraud

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The man who stepped down as Elma's mayor less than a month after being elected faces a fraud charge over his campaign.

A complaint filed in Howard Co. District Court says Al Smith filed to run for office despite a conviction that makes him ineligible to hold elected office.

He's pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Howard Co. Sheriff's Office says it verified Smith was convicted of sexual abuse in Illinois 21 years ago.

Smith won the November election but stepped down a few weeks later, citing increased duties at his regular job.

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