ST. LOUIS, MO. – After three members of the St. Louis Board of the Alberman were indicted on federal bribery charges, the body’s former President is scheduled to plead guilty during a change-of-plea hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.
Former President Lewis Reed, was indicted on federal charges in accused of misusing his office on multiple occasions in multiple ways in exchange for cash bribes and other things of value. Two other members of the board, Jeffrey L. Boyd and John Collins-Muhammad were all indicted May 25.
Reed resigned from his seat in June.
The main indictment alleges Collins-Muhammad and Reed helped a small business owner obtain a lucrative property tax abatement in exchange for a series of cash bribes related to what the indictment refers to as “project A.”
The indictment also alleges that in “project B,” Boyd accepted cash to help the business owner buy a city-owned property for tens of thousands of dollars less than it was worth, and accepted more cash to help the business owner obtain a lucrative tax abatement for that project.
A fourth indictment came out against a political appointee of the board in relation to a kickback scheme involving federal COVID funds.
The prosecutor handed out his fourth political corruption indictment in a week, this time to St. Louis County political appointee Anthony Weaver, who was promptly fired by County Executive Sam Page. The Weaver indictment for wire fraud reads similarly to the bribery indictments of the city aldermen, with transcripts of the government employee caught on tape allegedly trying to exchange official public action for cold, hard cash.St. Louis County employee indicted in federal COVID relief kickback scheme
If convicted of the main indictment, Reed’s and Boyd’s charges carry maximum penalties of 10 years and five years in prison, respectively, and a $250,000 fine. Collins-Muhammad’s honest services bribery/wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. One of his bribery charges carries a 10-year maximum and the other has a five-year maximum. Boyd’s additional wire fraud charges related to the automobile insurance scheme carry maximum penalties of 20 years 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.