High-end interior designer in St. Louis gets 15 months in prison for fraud

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 4:01 PM

ST. LOUI S (KMOV) – A St. Louis interior designer has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $1 million for overbilling clients, including baseball player Scott Rolen

Kay Ottingner, who owns Well Appointed Inc., inflated invoices for clients, which caused them to overpay by more than $980,000. She pleaded guilty in May to three felony counts of mail fraud.

According to court documents, Ottinger would agree upon a flat fee with clients after she created a plan to redesign the inside and outside of their homes. The fees were also based on the amount of materials she purchased for the job.

Ottinger admitted she submitted costs for goods and services that were falsely inflated. Sometimes she created fake invoices of companies to hide the actual costs.

Court records show that Ottinger overbilled Rolen by tens of thousands of dollars for work at his Florida home. Rolen is a third baseman who played for the Cardinals from 2002 through 2007. He is now with the Cincinnati Reds.

In addition to 15 months in prison, Ottinger was ordered to pay $980,347 in restitution.

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