St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A former business manager of a St. Louis medical practice has been indicted for fraud, the United States Attorney's Office said Thursday.
48-year-old Dunard Morris of St. Charles, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury on five felony counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of stolen valor.
The indictment says that Morris was the business manager for Metropolitan Urological Specialists(MUS) when he embezzled millions of dollars and concealed embezzlement through a series of lies, misrepresentations, and deceits to the doctor-shareholders, from 2006 until last September.
According to the indictment Morris repeatedly increased his own salary and made MUS give him hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses, entertainment, meals and reimbursements. He also used MUS money to buy expensive personal items, such as luxury automobiles, high-end jewelry, designer clothing, travel, and other items for himself and others.
Additionally, Morris told doctors he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and winner of the Navy Cross medal for extraordinary heroism, among other military honors, when in truth he had never been awarded the Navy Cross medal and had been discharged from the military for misconduct, the indictment alleges.
If convicted, Morris could face a penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 for the mail and wire fraud and a maximum of 1 year and/or fines up to $100,000 for violation of the Stolen Valor Act.