Monday, May 20, 2013

2 Indicted In $465K St. Louis Municipal Embezzlement Conspiracy Case

From KMOX on 5.20.13:


Last week, a federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Thomas “Dan” Stritzel, the city’s chief park ranger, and 55-year-old deputy parks commissioner Joseph Vacca. The indictment released Thursday accuses each man of three mail-fraud counts, alleging they men used various schemes to spend $465,000 on vehicle leases, credit card bills and other expenses.

Prosecutors say the theft, allegedly committed over the course of seven years, was so clever it would have been almost impossible to detect. Still, Roth says department heads are going to discern how to make their systems even more secure.


Update on 1/27/14:

Thomas Stritzel, now 44, was sentenced to 3 years in prison.  He and deputy parks commissioner Joseph Vacca pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud. The men must also pay restitution of $473,000.  Vacca, now 58, received a three-year sentence in December 2013.

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