Former manager of Arkansas waste district admits fraud

TEXARKANA, Arkansas (AP) - The former executive director of the Upper Southwest Solid Waste Management District has admitted taking more than $756,000 from the district.

Joe Ball II pleaded guilty Thursday to three federal mail fraud charges in federal court in Texarkana, Ark. Ball began to cry as he told U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes he took money from the district for more than 10 years to support "a horrible gambling addiction."

Ball's attorney says the gambling took place at Oaklawn Park horse racing track in Hot Springs.

Ball faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced following a pre-sentencing report that's expected to take six to eight weeks.

The district disposes of solid waste from nine counties in southwestern Arkansas.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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