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Iowa man avoids jail for faking charity concert

WATERLOO, Iowa - A 64-year-old Cedar Falls man convicted of fraud for staging a bogus charity concert can avoid prison if he pays his fine.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Dennis Leahy was sentenced Friday despite showing up for the hearing without a lawyer.

Judge Nathan Callahan went ahead with the delayed sentencing because he said Leahy had ample time to hire a lawyer since a Dec. 17 hearing.

Prosecutors say Leahy tried to collect money in March for a charity concert that didn't exist. He was convicted of a similar crime involving a charity basketball game in 2003.

Callahan ordered Leahy to pay a $2,225 fine with a 35 percent surcharge and pay court costs. If Leahy can't pay the fine, he will have to serve 365 days in jail.

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