Husband, wife charged in separate fraud cases

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by Diana Zoga / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 11:00 PM

FLORISSANT (KMOV.com) -- The husband of an insurance broker, charged with fraud, now faces criminal charges of his own.  Demitrius Glass is accused of stealing tax refund money from his customers.

Police say Demitrius Glass ran an income tax preparation business out of his wife's insurance brokerage firm in Florissant.  Wendi Glass, owner of Versatile Management Groups (VMG), is already charged with forgery, theft, and insurance fraud.  She's accused of taking payments for insurance policies without securing coverage for her clients.

St. Louis County Police served a search warrant at the VMG office on Parker Road in Florissant while investigating Wendi Glass.  In the process, detectives uncovered tax documents at the VMG offices.

"When our computer forensics detective did an investigation on the computer, he uncovered an enormous amount of tax information.  He forwarded that to me and we took a close look at it, thinking it might be related to the other charges, but it turns out it was a whole separate scheme," said Detective AJ Soll.

Demitrius Glass was charged on Tuesday with five counts of identify theft.  Court records show that he is accused of diverting portions of five customer tax refunds into his personal account in amounts that range from $1,320 to $5,000. 

Detective Soll says the IRS and Missouri Department of Revenue have been notified of the case and may investigate whether the income taxes were prepared correctly.

Police also say there may be other victims and some may have done business with both Wendi Glass and Demitrius Glass.

"If people have done business, especially tax related, with them I would strong suggest check your tax returns," said Det. Soll.

It was not immediately indicated in court records whether Demitrius Glass has an attorney.  News 4 contacted his wife's attorney who has not been hired to represent Demitrius Glass.

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