St. Louis Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement of Money from a Disabled Veteran
Tamara Jones, St. Louis, MO, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from a disabled veteran between 2014 and 2015. According to the plea agreement, Jones stole the money from a financial account of A.W., a disabled veteran for whom she had been appointed fiduciary through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Jones was to spend A.W.’s money only for his benefit, and Jones was to be compensated by the VA.
Jones pleaded guilty to one felony count of embezzlement by a Veteran’s fiduciary and faces a sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 or both. Restitution of the embezzled funds is also mandatory. Chief Judge Rodney W. Sippel accepted Jones’ plea and set her sentencing for September 22, 2017.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of the Inspector General.