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ST. LOUIS — A businessman and donor to former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is scheduled to plead guilty in a federal criminal case linked to Stenger’s pay-to-play scandal, prosecutors said Monday.

John G. Rallo, one of Stenger’s earliest campaign donors, is scheduled to change his not guilty plea at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records, the U.S. Attorney’s office and Rallo’s lawyer.

Rallo was indicted in May on three felony charges of honest services fraud. His indictment claims he made tens of thousands of dollars in political donations to Stenger, expecting that Stenger in turn would direct county contracts to Rallo’s company. Stenger unsuccessfully tried to direct a county insurance contract to Rallo’s company, directed the sale of two county-owned industrial parks to Rallo and his partners and had his economic development chief award Rallo a “sham” $130,000 marketing contract.

It wasn’t clear Monday whether Rallo would plead guilty to all three charges.

Last month, Rallo was ordered to repay $1.2 million to investors in an unrelated case and pay a $30,000 civil penalty. He was also banned from selling unregistered securities, transacting business as an unregistered agent or broker-dealer or employing an unregistered agent.

Missouri’s Commissioner of Securities had accused Rallo of defrauding five investors in the St. Louis area and one in Utah. Rallo, they say, had claimed that their investment would go to a company that was purportedly going to supply coconut powder to large retailers, but the money actually went to Rallo’s other businesses.

Stenger, a Democrat, pleaded guilty May 3 to three counts of honest services fraud and resigned. He admitted directing county contracts to Rallo and other political donors. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9 and could face three to four years in prison, as well as the payment of restitution.

Stenger’s former chief of staff, Bill Miller, pleaded guilty to one count of the same crime and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 6.

He admitted helping Stenger with his schemes, in part by pressuring Sheila Sweeney, who at the time was head of the region’s economic development office, to award a state lobbying contract to a major Stenger donor.

Sweeney pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony May 10 and also admitted aiding Stenger’s schemes. She is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 16.

The prosecutor handling the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith, has said that the investigation continues.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger pleaded guilty to pay-for-play charges: Some background reading

Here's a collection of Post-Dispatch stories looking at some of the controversies surrounding the St. Louis County Executive.

Robert Patrick is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.