Mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Information was provided by the IRS Criminal Investigation Department of the Justice Department of Eastern Missouri. Eric Hinson pled guilty to mail fraud and multiple tax evasion charges involving his misuse of approximately $593,236 of St. Clair Fire Protection District funds between January 2006 and September 2011. As a result of the federal investigation, Hinson resigned his positions as Chief at both the St. Clair Fire Protection District and the Ladue Fire Department. The St. Clair Fire Protection District (District) provides fire protection service for Franklin County, Missouri, and has four fire houses, 18 full-time fire fighters and between 25-50 volunteer fire fighters. The District is primarily funded by public funds, through …
All stemming from her husband's plastic surgeons practice.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Marilyn Francel pled guilty to tax evasion involving joint income tax returns filed with her husband for the years 2003-2006. The unpaid taxes for each year are $89,473 for 2003; $92,766 for 2004; $69,863 for 2005; and $92,019 for 2006. Francel, 60, of Ladue pled guilty to four felony counts of tax evasion before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. Sentencing has been set for December 7, 2011. "Tax violations have been erroneously referred to as victimless crimes, but it's the honest law abiding citizen who is harmed when someone tries to cheat our nation's tax system", said Stephen Boyd, Special Agent in Charge-IRS-Criminal Investigation, St. Louis Field Office. In…