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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

St. Louis Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

St. Louis, MO – Carol J. Dotson, 70, St. Louis, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. She appeared in federal court this morning before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber. 

According to court documents, 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 faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine 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.

Financial Fraud
Updated March 1, 2018