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Ex-employee of area business arrested on wire fraud charges

September 24, 2012

St. Louis, MO - GENIS HELM, of St. Louis County, was arrested today on a federal indictment charging one felony count of wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Helm executed a fraud scheme against her ex-employer, Sam’s Club of Maplewood, by issuing bogus returns and gift cards as a customer service agent at the store over several months in 2012. Helm is free on bond awaiting trial.

If convicted, Helm faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both. Restitution to the victim is also mandatory. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

The case was investigated by the Maplewood Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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