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Former office manager of Fenton business sentenced to prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2012

St. Louis, MO - The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Jessica L. Harris was sentenced to 27 months in prison on mail fraud charges involving her embezzlement from Micro Engineering, Inc., a manufacturer of model railroad cars located in Fenton, MO.

According to court documents, between 2004 and the end of December 2010, in her position of office manager, Harris wrote corporate checks payable to herself and to her personal credit card. She admitted with her plea that she concealed her scheme by making false entries in business records and manipulated the checking account records to conceal the payments.

JESSICA L. HARRIS, High Ridge, MO, pled guilty last November to three felony counts of mail fraud. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Henry Autrey, who ordered Harris to pay $229,697 in restitution to Micro Engineering, Inc., and its owner, Ronald Rands.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney James E. Crowe, Jr., handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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