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East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore (left) answers questions during a meeting at East St. Louis City Hall with clergy on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford, elunsford@post-dispatch.com

EAST ST. LOUIS • A former East St. Louis police chief has pleaded guilty of theft — and agreed to help police and prosecutors in an ongoing corruption investigation.

The plea deal with Michael Floore, 53, was finalized Jan. 26 when Floore was sentenced for theft by deception, a misdemeanor.

The case stemmed from a week last year when Floore, who worked as a MetroLink security guard, knowingly sought pay for hours he didn’t work, according to authorities. As part of the plea deal, seven felonies were dismissed.

The five-page cooperation agreement goes beyond a standard plea deal, however. In it, Floore agrees to cooperate with investigators about any criminal activity he is aware of, and give an audio-video recording to an Illinois State Police agent to “memorialize” information Floore has already given investigators.

“His cooperation is expected in any other public corruption cases,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday.

Kelly declined to say any more about the corruption because of the ongoing investigation.

Floore and his attorney, James Gomric, declined to comment.

If Floore refuses to give what the court records call “complete and truthful statements” about the alleged corruption, the plea deal could be tossed out and prosecutors could reinstate the original felony charges, Kelly said.

Floore’s legal troubles began last year as he was working as a security guard for the Bi-State Development Agency. He was paid for work he didn’t perform for MetroLink between Feb. 22 and Feb. 28, authorities say.

Court documents say Floore was put on 18 months’ conditional discharge and ordered to pay $540 in restitution. He had to resign from the East St. Louis police department within 24 hours and agreed not to work in law enforcement during the 18 months.

Floore, of Swansea, was police chief from 2012 through July 2015. He then became a patrolman working nights. After that, he was moved to the position of school resource officer. In April 2016, the city put him on paid administrative leave when the MetroLink investigation came to light. He was arrested last May.

Kim Bell is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.