Kansas City man pleads guilty to embezzlement involving scrap metal

Posted at 11:16 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 12:16:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 47-year-old Kansas City man pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $388,000 in a scheme involving scrap metal.

Russell Fotovich pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a wire fraud conspiracy and filing a false tax return.

Federal prosecutors say Fotovich worked as a facilities engineer at DST Systems when it was undergoing renovation from 2011 to 2016. During that time, he and others redeemed scrap metal from DST and kept most of the proceeds for themselves.

The conspirators also persuaded DST to buy an industrial wire-stripping machine, which increased the redemption value of the scrap metal. Prosecutors say the thefts increased more than tenfold after DST bought the machine.

Fotovich agreed to forfeit more than $138,000 to the government and also must pay restitution.