has been indicted for using the organization's credit card to pay for vacations, jewelry and home repairs.
As first reported in Daily RFT back in February
, a grand jury this spring heard allegations that a Show-Me Institute employee had embezzled "substantial" amounts of money. Those charges have now entered the St. Louis County Court with Marcia Jackson
, of the 1000 block of Redemption Way in Florissant, accused of one count of felony stealing over $25,000 and 24 separate counts of fraudulent use of a credit device.
According to the indictment obtained by Riverfront Times
, Jackson's misuse of the Show-Me Institute credit card went on for a full two years before the agency caught on to the ruse.
The first misuse of funds occurred in January 2008, with Jackson allegedly using Show-Me Institute's American Express credit card for airfare on American and Southwest airlines, dental service at Woodland Dental Care and various food and clothing purchases.
The fraud continued unabated each month -- according to the indictment -- with Jackson placing multiple personal expenses on the credit card. Among some of the most egregious:
- a trip to Puerto Rico billed in March 2008 and February 2009,
- purchases at La-Z-Boy furniture story in April and August 2008,
- rooms at New York, New York in Las Vegas billed in June 2008,
- construction from Helios Construction in October 2008, February, June and July 2009
- a purchase at Helzberg Diamonds in October 2009
- rooms at the Four Seasons in November 2009
- 22 separate purchases of airfare from Southwest, 12 purchases from American Airlines, and at least a dozen more airfare purchases from other airlines.
Jackson's attorney, Scott Millikan
, confirms to Daily RFT
that the total charges add up to at least a couple hundred thousand dollars. Millikan says that he's meeting with prosecutors next month to go over the case.
"We're still in the middle of discovery," says Millikan. "We're still a few months away from going to trial or deciding where we want to take it."
Jackson was arrested in April on the charges and is currently free
after paying $10,000 of her $100,000 bond. Crosby Kemper III
, chairman of the Show-Me Institute, could not be reached for comment.
A former employee of the conservative think tank