‘Ghost Employee’ of Treasurer’s Office Gets Two Years in Prison

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man formerly on the payroll of the St. Louis Treasurer’s office has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for collecting a paycheck without working and diverting about $240,000 to a now-defunct charter school.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig sentenced 71-year-old Fred Robinson on Tuesday. He must also serve three years of probation after his release from prison.

Robinson was convicted in March of wire fraud and federal program theft related to the embezzlement of money from the Paideia Academy, a failed city charter school where Robinson was chairman of the school board.

Authorities say Robinson collected more than $175,000 as a “ghost employee” of the Treasurer’s office.

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