ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks Division has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for allegedly defrauding the city of St. Louis of almost $500,000.
Joseph Vacca pleaded guilty to embezzling city funds from Jan. 1, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2012 by using sham and false invoices. He and his accomplice – Thomas Stritzel, former chief of the St. Louis Park Rangers – accrued $472,722 in false charges under a sham company called Dynamic Management.
They used the funds for lease payments on personal vehicles, fuel costs, the payment of personal credit card charges and other personal living expenses.
In addition to his jail sentence, Vacca was ordered to pay restitution to the City of St. Louis for $472,722.26.
Stritzel will be sentenced on Jan. 27, 2014.