ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Former President of the St. Louis Law Enforcement Officer Association, Darren Randal Wilson, was indicted on multiple fraud charges. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wilson was involved in misappropriation of over $80,000 from the Ethical Society of Police, an association of African American St. Louis police officers.
He served as president in 2013 and 2014.
Wilson had signature authority over the association’s bank account and accessed the funds with checks and an ATM/debit card. The funds in the ESOP account consisted primarily of the monthly dues contributed by the police officer members of ESOP.
According to the indictment, between July 2013 and December 2014, Wilson engaged in a fraud scheme to misappropriate money from the ESOP bank account and used the money for his own purposes. He also transmitted some of the misappropriated money by Fed Wire, PayPal, and Western Union wire transfers.
He presented false information to ESOP officers and members in an effort to conceal his fraudulent activity.
The 41-year-old was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday, April 14th, on nine felony counts of wire fraud. The indictment remained sealed until early Monday when the defendant surrendered to authorities.
If convicted, Wilson could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000 for each count.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Cristian M. Stevens is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.