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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

St. Louis County Man Sentenced on Fraud Charges

St. Louis, MO – Charles Hicks, Fenton, Missouri, was sentenced to 27 months in prison involving a false invoice scheme to defraud two employers, causing a loss of $386,000. In addition to the prison sentence, Hicks was ordered to pay restitution of $386,000.

According to his plea agreement, Hicks devised a false invoice scheme to defraud two successive employers, RockTenn Company and MarChem Company, over the course of two and a half years. Hicks had authority to identify vendors and authorize purchases and used dummy companies to submit and receive payments for false invoices.

Hicks pled guilty in October to one felony count of mail fraud. He appeared today for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated February 2, 2017