Steve Stenger resigns after being indicted in 'pay to play' scheme

The St. Louis County Executive was indicted on three counts of honest services bribery/mail fraud.

April 29, 2019 - 9:29 am

ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has resigned after being indicted on three counts of honest services bribery/mail fraud. 

The Indictment alleges that beginning in October 2014 and continuing through December 31, 2018, Stenger and various individuals and companies schemed to defraud and deprive the citizens of St. Louis County of their right to his honest and faithful services, and the honest and faithful services of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer, through bribery and the concealment of material information. 

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The purpose of the scheme was for Stenger to secretly use his official position to enrich himself through soliciting and accepting campaign contributions from individuals and their companies in exchange for favorable official action, and for individuals and their companies to enrich themselves and their companies by secretly obtaining favorable action for themselves and for their companies, through corrupt means. 

Read the full indictment here: 

Indictment - Steve Stenger by KMOX News Radio on Scribd

If convicted, Stenger faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge, plus restitution.

A spokesman for Stenger says they will fully cooperate with the federal investigation.

Related: Steve Stenger's office is under investigation by the federal government

A federal grand jury issued a subpeona late last week asking for all county contracts PLUS Stenger's call history, texts and emails with current and former county employees regarding said contracts. It also demands recordings and minutes from council meetings and hearings dating to 2015.

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