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Accused Embezzler In Custody

Suspect in Chesterfield case doesn't make bail.

A man accused of stealing millions of dollars from doctors he worked for in Chesterfield, was in custody Tuesday after appearing in U.S. Federal Court in St. Louis.

48, apparently could not make $50,000 bail, according to a tweet by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch daily newspaper. His arraignment was scheduled for Friday.

The former manager of  with offices at  in Chesterfield was indicted Feb. 29 on five felony counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of stolen valor, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Eastern Missouri said in a written statement.

Morris worked six years for the group of doctors. Prosecutors said Morris masqueraded as a decorated U.S. Marine, when he was discharged under cloudy circumstances.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Morris lived in a a $5,400-a-month apartment on Delmar Avenue in St. Louis.

Prosecutors said Morris spent on:

  • high-end jewelry, 
  • luxury automobiles, 
  • expensive firearms, 
  • designer clothing, 
  • fine wine, 
  • national and international travel.

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Possible penalties, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office:

"If convicted, mail and wire fraud carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.  Violation of the Stolen Valor Act carries a maximum of one year and/or fines up to $100,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

 

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