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St. Louis County Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Linda Sweazy, of St. Louis County, pled guilty to a mail fraud charge involving her embezzlement from a former employer. Sweazy appeared before United States District Judge Audrey Fleissig. Sentencing has been set for June 28, 2016.

In her plea agreement, Sweazy admitted to embezzling $215,000 from her former employer, a Clayton businessperson identified as F.S.  Sweazy admitted that she embezzled from F.S. by making unauthorized, personal charges to F.S.’s credit card and using F.S.’s funds to pay the credit card bill.  Sweazy also admitted to giving herself unauthorized raises, bonuses and extra paychecks and to manipulating the payroll records of F.S.’s business to cover up her malfeasance.

Mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.  Restitution is mandatory under the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act.  Additionally, Sweazy agreed to a forfeiture allegation that will result in a money judgment for $215,000 against her.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Clayton, Missouri, Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated March 23, 2016

Topic
Financial Fraud