Ex-lawmaker avoids jail in records tampering case

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Associated Press

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 1 at 11:00 AM

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A former state representative has avoided jail time after being convicted of using another person's address to enroll his children at Malcolm Price Lab School in Cedar Falls.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Judge Richard Stochl on Tuesday granted Kerry Burt a deferred judgment. That means his conviction on four counts of tampering with records will be erased if he successfully completes a short term of self-probation.

Burt, a Waterloo Democrat, had faced a maximum of eight years in prison. Other defendants convicted in the case also received deferred judgments.

Prosecutors say Burt used a Cedar Falls address to register his children in the school in 2007 and 2008. Burt argued the school's former principal gave him permission to use the fake address as early as 2001.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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