Man pleads guilty to wire fraud in embezzlement from Belleville firm

News-DemocratFebruary 4, 2014 

A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud in connection with embezzlement of a Belleville company.

Kevin D. Dowell, 37, admitted that while he was the manager of the human resources department of FKG Oil Co. in Belleville from mid-2010 to April 2013, he falsified mileage expense reports, used a company credit card for personal expenses and would transfer funds electronically from the company's bank account directly to his personal bank account in Missouri.

Dowell admitted that he caused a direct loss of $87,419 and an additional $26,565 in investigative expenses for a total loss of $113,984.

The crime was reported to the Belleville Police Department. A full investigation was performed by a third-party firm. At completion of the full investigation, the case was turned over to the FBI.

Dowell could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 30.

FKG Oil Co. operates Moto Mart stores in the metro-east.

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