Todd Ryan Frazier, Former School Business Official and Treasurer, of the Carterville School District Charged by in a Federal Indictment Alleging Embezzlement, Wire Fraud, False Statements, and Other Federal Crimes

May 12, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 10, 2013 released the following:

“Todd Ryan Frazier, 30, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was indicted by a grand jury and charged in a 16-count indictment with

  • counts 1—3, embezzlement and theft from the Carterville School District—a unit of local government that received federal funds;
  • counts 4—13, wire fraud in furtherance of a scheme to defraud the Carterville School District;
  • count 14, false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • count 15, attempting to access a computer of a financial institution without authorization;
  • count 16, uttering a forged check of the Carterville School District, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The offenses each carry a total statutory maximum sentence of up to 250 years in prison, a fine of up to $3,400,000 and mandatory restitution.

The indictment alleges that Todd Ryan Frazier, from August 2008 and continuing through February 2012, engaged in a scheme to defraud the Carterville School District, Unit 5, in Williamson County, Illinois, while he was the School Business Official which included the duties and responsibilities to act as the treasurer and payroll officer for the district. The indictment further alleges that Todd Ryan Frazier lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its investigation when he stated that he had not stolen money from the Carterville School District, nor did he make any false entries into Carterville School District’s payroll system.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.”

Federal Wire Fraud Crimes – 18 U.S.C. 1343

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Brett L. Nash Arraigned in Federal District Court in East St. Louis on Federal Charges Allegeding that he Attempted to Extort a Targeted Individual by Threatening Physical Violence

January 26, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on January 25, 2012 released the following:

“Granite City Man Charged with Attempted Extortion by Means of Threatening Physical Violence

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Brett L. Nash, 45, of Granite City, was arraigned in federal district court in East St. Louis yesterday on charges that he attempted to extort a targeted individual by threatening physical violence. The charges were alleged in a criminal complaint filed on January 24, 2012.

The criminal complaint charges Nash with attempted extortion, by use of threats of violence, under the Hobbs Act. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.

The complaint alleges that on January 9, 2012, Nash tried to recruit an acquaintance’s assistance in carrying out an extortion scheme aimed at obtaining money from a targeted individual through threats of violence. After Nash obtained the money, it is alleged that Nash planned on killing the targeted individual in a manner which would look like an accident. The acquaintance reported the scheme to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and remained in contact with Nash in an undercover capacity.

The complaint alleges that over the course of the next two weeks, Nash had multiple meetings with the undercover acquaintance for the specific purpose of planning out the extortion scheme. Nash’s plan focused on the seizure of the targeted individual and the use of threats and force to get the individual to withdraw large amounts of money from his personal bank account and from a safe in the individual’s home. Nash planned on splitting the proceeds of the extortion with his undercover acquaintance. It is further alleged that Nash gathered many of the items needed for the operation including a head covering mask, a set of handcuffs and a CO2 Gun.

It is alleged that on January 23, 2012, the date of Nash’s arrest, he and his undercover acquaintance made a dry run to the targeted individual’s house to scout the location, for the planned operation. The complaint alleges that Nash had planned to execute his scheme later on that very evening.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Heery.

A criminal complaint is a charge against the defendant. Under the law, that charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.”

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