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Dooley willing to share FBI report on Mueth embezzlement with St. Louis County Council

Dooley willing to share FBI report on Mueth embezzlement with St. Louis County Council

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ST. LOUIS • St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said Monday he is willing to share the details of a confidential FBI report on the Edward Mueth fraud with the County Council.

“If a County Council member asked me for it, I would give it to them,” Dooley said during a meeting with the Post-Dispatch editorial board.

Dooley and the challenger hoping to unseat him, County Council member Steve Stenger, are enmeshed in a bitter Democratic primary duel.

Voters will go the polls on Aug. 5.

The County Executive noted that no member of council has so far requested a copy of a forensic audit that outlines the financial details of the $3.4 million Mueth embezzlement.

A high-ranking official overseeing the procurement of technological equipment and services for the county health department, Mueth funneled money for bogus purchases he made on behalf of the agency to his own company, Gateway Technical Solutions.

Mueth committed suicide last September as the six-year scheme unraveled.

County officials received a copy of the financial audit in January along with a directive from the FBI that its contents not be released to the public.

The council didn’t learn of the audit’s existence until June.

Richard Callahan, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, last week turned aside a request from Dooley asking for a public release of the report.

St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge David Vincent will entertain a bid Wednesday afternoon from the Missouri chapter of the ACLU which seeks to have the audit released under the provisions of the Missouri public records law.

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Steve Giegerich is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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