Sue Schmitz denied freedom during appeals

DECATUR, AL (WBRC) - Former State Representative Sue Schmitz begins her prison sentence on December 31st.
A judge denied her request to remain free while she appeals her conviction.

In February, Schmitz was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for a fraud conviction. She must also pay $171,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Schmitz was paid for a job with the two-year college system, but did little or no work.