Interior designer gets 15 months for overbilling
Saturday, November 17, 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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.
Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Kay Ottinger was sentenced Friday. She pleaded guilty in May to three felony counts of mail fraud.
Authorities say Ottinger, owner of Well Appointed Inc., inflated invoices from real estate companies and created fake invoices. 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.
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