EAST ST. LOUIS – The former fiancee of a U.S. marshal gunned who was killed during a 2011 house raid drained thousands of dollars in proceeds from a charity golf tournament held in the slain man’s honor, a federal grand jury has alleged.
Pamela Robtoy, 53, was indicted Tuesday on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and making a false statement to federal agents.
According to the indictment, the Belleville woman is accused of stealing funds from October’s third-annual John Perry Golf Benefit Tournament in Fairview Heights, just east of St. Louis. Proceeds were to go to the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund and BackStoppers Inc. – charities that offer financial support to families of marshals, police, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians killed on the job.
Perry, a father of three, was a 48-year-old team leader on a fugitive task force and a deputy federal marshal in March 2011 when he was fatally shot in the head while serving a warrant at the St. Louis home of Carlos Boles, a former convict. Boles, after shooting Perry and wounding two other law enforcers, died in the shootout.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton spoke at Perry’s funeral.
According to Tuesday’s indictment, Robtoy headed the collection of funds for the yearly charity golf tournament, with registration fees sent to her home.
Between July 2013 and this May, Robtoy is accused of transferring funds from the charity event into her personal account – one of the transactions was roughly $2,000 – and using the money for purchases at women’s clothing stores.
The indictment does not specify how much Robtoy allegedly stole.
Robtoy lied to federal investigators about sending checks to the benefit funds and insisted she started pilfering the money from the golf tournament last November, though the indictment says that her embezzlement dated to when the account was first set up.
“All theft from charities is intolerable,” said Stephen Wigginton, southern Illinois’ U.S. attorney. “Theft by any person from charities striving to honor a first responder who lost his life protecting the public is simply disgusting and abhorrent.”
Robtoy, whose arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 27, could not be reached for comment Thursday. She has an unlisted home telephone number, and online court records do not show whether she has an attorney.