Local man sentenced to prison on mail fraud charges - KMOV.com

Local man sentenced to prison on mail fraud charges

Press Release from the office of the U.S. Attorney

St. Louis, MO: The United States Attorney's Office announced today that Jeffrey Tedrick, 46, most recently of St. Louis, MO was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $22,000 in restitution for his mail fraud scheme by which he held himself out as a lawyer and collected fees from unwitting "clients" for services he never rendered.

Tedrick appeared before Chief Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis this morning. Tedrick, who had a long criminal record before sustaining this conviction, met some of his "clients" while in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Tedrick explained that he was a lawyer imprisoned on a gambling case and that he would be reinstated to practice after his release. After accepting payment, Tedrick, who was never a licensed attorney, failed to file required court papers including appeals and post-conviction relief lawsuits.

After noting the letters she received from Tedrick's victims and hearing from one of them in person, Judge Perry sentenced Tedrick to 48 months in prison. The sentencing guidelines called for 21 to 27 months but Judge Perry explained the financial losses inflicted by Tedrick failed to adequately address the harm he had done to his victims.

J.R. Ball, Assistant Inspector in Charge for the St. Louis Field Office said, "The financial loss in this case is much less than in most cases typically worked by Postal Inspectors. However, the impact to victims was much more than what can be measured in dollars and cents." He continued, "We are very satisfied with the decision of the court and we are grateful to our partners at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the US Attorney's Office for their role in this investigation."

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Tom Albus handled the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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