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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

St Louis Man Who Stole Over $100,000 From Catholic School In Smithton Pleads Guilty In Federal Court

A former Illinois elementary school principal who embezzled over $100,000 from his own school has
been convicted of a federal felony. Roy Joseph Monti, 54, of St. Louis, Missouri, entered a guilty
plea this morning to a single count of transporting stolen money across state lines.

According to court documents, Monti previously worked as the principal of St. John the Baptist
Elementary School in Smithton, Illinois. In a stipulation filed with the court, Monti admitted
stealing $113,061.87 from the school between March 2017 and November 2019. During that time, Monti
repeatedly withdrew cash from the school’s bank account for his own personal use. On many of the
withdrawal slips, Monti wrote a purportedly valid purpose for the withdrawal, but these
explanations turned out to be false and fraudulent. Instead, Monti simply kept the money for
himself. Because he lived in Missouri while working in Illinois, Monti often carried large amounts
of stolen cash across state lines.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis,
Illinois. Monti’s sentence will be informed by the federal sentencing guidelines and federal law.
He could receive as much as ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case resulted from a referral and investigation by the FBI, with significant assistance from
the Smithton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorney Peter T. Reed.

Updated September 23, 2020