This evening in west central Missouri:
The press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri:
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 29, 2019
St. Louis, MO – Steven V. Stenger, of Clayton, was indicted last Thursday 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. 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.
Specifically, the Indictment alleges that Stenger, in exchange for campaign donations and several fundraising events, took official action to insure that John Rallo and his company, Cardinal Insurance, obtained insurance contracts through St. Louis County during 2015 and 2016. Further, the Indictment alleges that Stenger took official action to insure that John Rallo and his company, Cardinal Creative Consulting, obtained a 2016 consulting contract through the St. Louis County Port Authority. Additionally, Stenger took official action to insure that John Rallo and his company, Wellston Holdings, LLC, obtained options to purchase two properties in Wellston, Missouri which were held by the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of St. Louis County during 2016 and 2017. The Indictment also alleges that Stenger, in exchange for campaign donations and fundraising activities, took official action to insure that “Company One,” as set forth in the Indictment, obtained a 2019 – 2021 state lobbying contract from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. The Indictment alleges that Stenger took steps to hide, conceal and cover up his illegal conduct and actions, including making false public statements.
Stenger is scheduled to appear at 1:00 p.m. for his initial appearance and arraignment on his Indictment before U.S. Magistrate Noelle Collins, Courtroom 15 North, Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, 111 S. 10th Street, St. Louis, Missouri.
If convicted, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Restitution is also mandatory. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Are the [n] degrees of separation next?
And there goes the investment… (April 29, 2019)
Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger enters a not guilty plea on honest services bribery and mail fraud charges.
1:16 PM – 29 Apr 2019 from St Louis, MO
Steve Stenger resigned as St. Louis County Executive today.
At the Missouri Ethics Commission over those first few years:
C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 07/13/2013 $100,000.00 Monetary No
C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 07/28/2014 $100,000.00 Monetary No
C071362 CITIZENS FOR STEVE STENGER 48 Hour Report of Contribution Received Over $5000 Steve Stenger 9322 Rambler Dr. St Louis MO 63123 CPA/Attorney/St. Louis County Councilman 10/24/2014 $100,000.00 Monetary No
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(1)Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation
Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure…” – 26 U.S. Code § 6103.
From Representative Jason Smith (r):
…For the first time in history, the new Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee is using the oversight power of the IRS to target the President of the United States and his tax returns. The Chairman has ordered the IRS to turn over six years of President Trump’s tax returns, allegedly so he can review how the IRS enforces tax laws against a president. Clearly he is going after President Trump for political purposes, as he didn’t request President Obama’s tax returns or individual returns from President Bush, President Clinton, or any other president…
What a hack.
“…he didn’t request President Obama’s tax returns or individual returns from President Bush, President Clinton, or any other president…”
The new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wouldn’t have to request the tax returns for Presidents Obama, Bush (both) and Clinton.
Jason Smith (r) thinks your awl stoopit. Presidents Obama, Bush (both), and Clinton, up to Gerald Ford (in 1976) released their tax returns to the public.
The “[expletive deleted]” of the early 21st century.
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April 18, 2019
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