BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A federal grand jury indicted a 53-year-old Belleville woman for an alleged scheme to defraud charities in the years after her husband, a U.S. deputy marshal, was killed in the line of duty.
According to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Illinois, Pam Robtoy was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to federal agents.
The indictment alleges Robtoy embezzled money from the third annual John Perry Golf Benefit held in October 2013. The proceeds from the golf event were supposed to go toward the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit fund and BackStoppers.
U.S. Deputy Marshal John Perry was killed March 8, 2011 while serving a warrant in South St. Louis.
Prosecutors said Robtoy lied to the charities by indicating checks had been reissued, and later lied to federal agents about embezzling the money.
If convicted, Robtoy faces up to 45 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release, as well as an order of restitution.