A St. Charles man pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud, admitting he embezzled millions of dollars from Metropolitan Urological Specialists.
Dunard Morris, 49, of St. Charles, was the business manager of Metropolitan Urological Specialists (MUS) from 2006 until last September. He embezzled millions of dollars and concealed the thefts through a series of lies, misrepresentations, and deceits to the doctor-shareholders, according to court documents.
Morris repeatedly increased his own base salary without authorization by shareholders. He also caused took hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized, undisclosed bonuses and reimbursements, meal and entertainment expenses.
Morris used MUS funds to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars of costly assets and services, including high-end jewelry, luxury cars, expensive firearms, designer clothes, fine wine, national and international travel.
He also used the group’s funds to pay $5,400 a month in rent for a luxury apartment.
Morris also told doctors that he was a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was awarded the Navy Cross medal for extraordinary heroism.
He had never been awarded the Navy Cross and had been discharged from the military for misconduct under other than honorable conditions, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s office.
Morris pleaded guilty to three felony counts of mail and wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 14.
Mail and wire fraud each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Judges are required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
Morris also is subject to a forfeiture allegation, which requires the person to forfeit to the government all property gotten from illegal activity.