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Friday, May 27, 2016

Former Belleville Doctor's Office Manager Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Jerry L. Akin, 60, formerly from Belleville, Illinois, entered pleas of guilty to two counts of wire fraud involving a scheme to embezzle funds from a local doctor's office on May 26, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Akin admitted as part of the plea that he charged personal purchases to the company's credit card that included Cardinal baseball season tickets, concert tickets, medical bills and personal travel expenses. The indictment further alleges that Akin paid personal credit card bills using the business checking account and that he attempted to conceal the payments by altering the payee of the checks in the business' QuickBooks accounting software. At sentencing, Akin faces a prison sentence of up to 40 years, a fine of up to $500,000, and up to 3 years supervised release with mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for August 26, 2016

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the doctor's office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Financial Fraud
Updated May 27, 2016