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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The former chief of the St. Louis Park Rangers who was part of a scheme to defraud the city of approximately $500,000has been sentenced to three years in prison and a restitution of $472,722, according to a news release.

Thomas Stritzel – along with Joseph Vacca, former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks division – submitted false invoices for materials and services supplied to the parts division, using the funds to make lease payments on personal vehicles, fuel costs, the payment of personal credit card charges and other living expenses.

They set up a sham company called Dynamic Management and funneled the city funds into that company's bank account.

Vacca was sentenced in December to three years in prison, and was also ordered to pay a $472,722 restitution.

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