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Treasurer’s Office ‘Ghost Employee’ Convicted On Fraud Charges

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The accused “ghost employee” of the St. Louis Treasurer’s Office was found guilty Tuesday in a federal corruption trial here.

As he sat with a blank look on his face, Fred Robinson, 71, was convicted on several fraud charges involving his submission of false time sheets to the Treasurer’s office. The ghost employee was accused of driving around and completing other tasks while he collected $175,00 in salary.

A jury also found Robinson guilty of diverting federal funds from the Paideia Academy charter school where he was chairman to a daycare center he was trying to get started.

Robinson could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan says no further charges in the Treasurer’s office are expected unless more evidence is uncovered.

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