ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The former deputy commissioner of the St. Louis Parks Division was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday on embezzlement charges.

In 2005, Joseph Vacca teamed with St. Louis Park Rangers Chief Thomas Stritzel in creating Dynamic Management, a fake company.

Between New Years Day of 2005 and New Years Eve, 2012, Vacca and Stritzel billed the Parks Division $472,722 using fake invoices for materials and services allegedly obtained and performed by Dynamic Management.

Vacca and Stritzel spent the nearly half-million dollars for personal uses, paying bills and living expenses with the embezzled taxpayer money.

In addition to the prison sentence, Vacca was ordered by U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson to pay $472, 722.26 in restitution to the City of St. Louis.

Thomas Stritzel will be sentenced on January 27 of next year.


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