Monday, December 5th, 2016

You might want to revise that campaign flier

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In St. Louis, a person used the information on a political campaign flier to illegally pay her bills.

A Metro East woman who used bank information gleaned from copies of checks on an accusatory political flyer to scam the Village of Washington Park into paying $170,000 of personal expenses for herself and others was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison today.

In late 2002, Takisha Walker found a flyer on her door that accused a politician of misusing Village of Washington Park funds for personal expenses. She took the bank and routing numbers from the copies of the checks on the flyer, and decided to pay her own personal expenses, court documents show.

From October 2002 through December 2003, Walker used an online bill-paying service to pay cell phone and utility bills, car payments, mortgages and other bills for herself and others, according to court documents and then-Mayor Sherman Sorrell in 2004. Those people would then kick money back to Walker, documents show.

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