Crime

Office manager used doctor’s credit card for Cardinals tickets

An office manager who prosecutors said made personal purchases with a credit card belonging to the doctor’s office he worked in has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, according to Acting United States Attorney for Southern Illinois James Porter’s office.

Jerry L. Akin, 60, formerly of Belleville, admitted on Thursday to charging personal expenses to the doctor’s office’s credit card that included St. Louis Cardinals season tickets, concert tickets, travel expenses and medical expenses.

Akin also admitted to paying off his personal credit card bills using the doctor’s office’s checking account. He attempted to conceal those payments by altering the payee of the checks from within the office’s accounting software.

Akin faces up to 40 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and up to three years of probation. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26.

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