ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A former St. Louis City Treasurer's Office employee has been sentenced for fraud.
Fred W. Robinson, 71, was sentenced to 24 months in prison. He was convicted in March of one count of wire fraud and seven felony counts of federal program theft.
According to court documents, Robinson was chairman of the Board of Trustees for Paideia Academy, a Missouri charter school. His role involved day-to-day management and administration of the school, which is funded by federal and Missouri education money.
In 2009 and 2010 Robinson diverted around $242,333 intended for the school. He used the money to buy, build, renovated, and rehabilitate a building in the 4000 block of West Florissant Avenue to create Little People's Academy day care center. The day care was going to be operated by Robinson and a friend through Paige C. Investments, LLC, a company Robinson owned.
Robinson did not disclose his ownership in the day care to the Paideia Academy Board of Trustees.
He also submitted false time sheets as an employee of the City of St. Louis Treasurer's Office between 2006 and 2010, receiving $35,360 each year in salary based on the falsified time sheets.
Dannielle Benson and Frank Habeebullah were also charged as part of this investigation. They pleaded guilty last year.