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Joseph Vacca, Thomas Stritzel plead guilty to defrauding city

6:30 AM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Two former St. Louis officials have pleaded guilty to defrauding the City of St. Louis of nearly a half million dollars.

Joseph Vacca, former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks Division, and Thomas Stritzel, former chief of the St. Louis Park Rangers embezzled money from the city between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2012 by submitting false invoices including charges of around $464,722. The money was then used for personal items including vehicle payments, fuel costs, and credit card payments.

Vacca and Stritzel created a fake company called Dynamic Management and billed the city, which then deposited money into the fake company's account.

They are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 12 and each face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.


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