A Belleville woman faces up to 45 years in prison on charges she stole money from the charities BackStoppers Inc. and the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund.
A federal grand jury inducted Pamela Denise Robtoy, 53, on Wednesday of mail fraud, wire fraud and making a false statement to federal agents conducting a criminal investigation, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton.
"All theft from charities is intolerable," Wigginton said in a news release. "Theft by any person from charities striving to honor a first responder who lost his life protecting the public is simply disgusting and abhorrent."
The indictment did not list the total amount stolen. Robtoy is believed to have used the money for personal expenses, such as shopping at The Limited and Ann Taylor, according to court documents.
Robtoy allegedly embezzled money from the 3rd Annual John Perry Golf Benefit held in October at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights. The benefit is held to remember Deputy U.S. Marshal John Brookman Perry. Perry was killed in the line of duty March 8, 2011, in St. Louis.
Robtoy was Perry's fiance.
BackStoppers is a charity that helps the families of emergency responders killed in the line of duty in the St. Louis area.