Ronald Partee: Knows how to party -- at the expense of others.
A former vice president with the MERS/Goodwill Industries of Missouri pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that he embezzled more than $1 million from the St. Louis-based charity.
Ronald Partee, 45, worked in the agency's accounting department where he wrote checks to various bogus businesses and accounts to which he was the sole benefactor. The embezzlement began in January 2007 and continued on until last July when he was fired from the charity.
According to court documents, Partee used the embezzled money to purchase a 2002 Porsche 911 for $60,000. When fellow employees questioned how a person with a $35,000 job could afford such luxuries, Partee told colleagues that he dabbled in real estate.
Partee also defrauded Goodwill by getting the charity to reimburse him for law school at Saint Louis University and Washington University. Only Partee never attended either school. Instead, he sent Goodwill fraudulent paperwork indicating he was enrolled at the schools. He even hosted a party at Goodwill to celebrate his fake graduation from law school.
Partee is to be sentenced in April and could get twenty years in prison and be fined $500,000.