MADISON — Amy M. Shelby, the wife of city Police Chief Steven Shelby, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 25 on her guilty plea to defrauding a former employer of between $70,000 and $120,000 by illegally using a credit card to pay for such personal items as perfume and a satellite television bill.
Amy Shelby, 38, faces a recommended term of imprisonment of 15 to 21 months when she appears before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan in federal court in East St. Louis. She also faces a fine ranging from $4,000 to $40,000.
According to an indictment issued in July, Amy Shelby defrauded Oakmont Mini Storage in Granite City between 2006 and May 2010 while serving as the firm's manager.
The indictment states that she used a commercial credit card obtained improperly in the name of the business to pay for personal items as well as for her own credit card bills.
Her husband, Steven Shelby, the chief of police, said, "This is a private issue," and declined further comment. He said that his wife, on advice of her attorney, did not wish to make a comment.
The investigation was handled by the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Norm Smith is the prosecutor in the case.
Amy Shelby is represented by attorney Christopher Threlkeld of Edwardsville.