St. Charles Co. attorney pleads guilty to fraud

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A St. Charles County attorney, who had been missing for months before being arrested in New York City, has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud charges.

Jeffrey Witte had previously been charged with falsifying documents to obtain a bank loan on a St. Louis County home he did not own as well as identity theft.

This past September, Witt was accused of submitting a false loan application in order to obtain a $100,000 of credit secured by the victim's St. Louis-area home. The victim did not know about Witt's loan application. He then took $60,000 from the credit line, deposited it into his law firm's bank account and withdrew it for personal reasons.

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After the victim found out about the scheme, Witt falsified bank letterhead and a signature of a bank officer along with a deed.

In addition, according to court documents, Witt had been accused of entering into settlements on behalf of clients without their knowledge and forged their signatures on checks.

He admintted in court to depositing those checks into his law firm's account and taking them out for personal reasons.

Witt was indicted by a federal grand jury in December, but he disappeared in late October, abandoning his office and around 60 clients.

FBI special agents arrested Witt as he arrived in New York City from Turkey.

He is set to be sentenced Oct. 16.


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