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St. Louis Woman Indicted on Fraud Charges

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

St. Louis, MO – Carol J. Dotson was arrested yesterday on an Indictment charging her with wire fraud as part of an embezzlement scheme from her former employer.


According to the Indictment, from July 2003 to February 2017, Doston embezzled more than $2 million dollars from a commercial real estate property management company in Olivette, Missouri where she was the office administrator. Dotson wrote multiple checks to herself, withdrew large sums of cash to spend on elder care for her mother, mortgage payments, home renovations, home cleaning services, law services and shopping at local stores.


Dotson, 70, of St. Louis, Missouri, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 9th on one felony count of wire fraud.  If convicted, Dotson 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.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Olivette Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Dianna Collins 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.

Updated August 15, 2017