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Sam Dotson reportedly didn't know his mother is indicted for fraud.
A Friday afternoon bombshell from Fox2's Chris Hayes
: Carol Dotson, the mother of former St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson, is the subject of a federal indictment for wire fraud and embezzlement.
According to the indictment, starting in 2003, Carol Dotson "devised a scheme and artifice to defraud" five commercial real estate companies based in Olivette. Dotson had worked for one of the companies as an office administrator since 1990.
At one point, the indictment says, Dotson wrote herself checks totally $20,000 in a single month. Her embezzlement scheme allegedly netted her $2 million over the last sixteen years.
Hayes apparently broke the news to her son. Sam Dotson retired
as police chief 48 hours into the administration of Lyda Krewson, though, as Fox2 notes, he still works as a consultant for the city.
"He was shocked," Hayes reports. Not only that, but Sam Dotson reportedly told Hayes that he'd been estranged from his mother for years.
Issued Wednesday, the indictment against Carol Dotson alleges that she manipulated financial records, lowering one company's reported revenue in order to hide the checks she had written to herself.
The companies are identified solely by their initials in the indictment.
And after she covered up the deed, the indictment continues, "Dotson withdrew large sums of cash to spend on elder care for her mother, mortgage payments, home renovations, home cleaning services, lawn services and shopping at local stores."
The U.S. government is going after Dotson's assets, including two houses, to pay back the money she stole.
See Hayes' report below, and turn the page to see the full indictment against Carol Dotson.
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