St. Louis man sentenced for embezzling from work to pay for stripper

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) |

June 26--EAST ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man who embezzled from a Belleville company to "support his relationship with an exotic dancer" was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $113,984 restitution, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Kevin D. Dowell, 37, was the manager of the human resources department of FKG Oil Company in Belleville at the time. From mid-2010 to April 2013, he used a series of schemes to defraud the company: falsifying mileage expense reports, using a company credit card for personal expenses, and transferring company funds directly into his own account, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Dowell used the money "to support his relationship with an exotic dancer," authorities said. The dancer was not named in court documents.

The fraud cost FKG $87,419 in direct losses and $26,565 in expenses for the investigation into the fraud, which was first reported to the Belleville police, then investigated by an outside firm before being turned over to the FBI.

Dowell's LinkedIn profile says he worked for FKG from 2007 to April of 2013.

Dowell was indicted in November and pleaded guilty in February to one count of wire fraud.

In December, Dowell told court staff that he was divorced and working at a local Olive Garden.

Robert Patrick covers federal courts and federal law enforcement for the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter: @rxpatrick.

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