Three former St. Louis aldermen sentenced in bribery case

Dec 7, 2022, 8:37 AM | Updated: 9:06 am
FILE - St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed speaks briefly with the media after leaving...

FILE - St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed speaks briefly with the media after leaving the Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse on June 2, 2022, in St. Louis. Reed, former Aldermen president, was sentenced on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to nearly four years in prison on two bribery-related charges. Reed also was fined $18,500. (Zachary Clingenpeel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

(Zachary Clingenpeel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three former St. Louis aldermen, including the longtime board president, will go to prison for accepting bribes from a businessman.

The sentences handed down Tuesday in federal court ended a three-year investigation. The businessman provided bribes in exchange for tax breaks and a reduced rate in obtaining a city-owned property. Federal officials have not named the businessman but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported he is facing his own federal charges.

Former aldermanic President Lewis Reed was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on two bribery-related charges. Reed also was fined $18,500.

Former Alderman Jeffrey L. Boyd was sentenced to three years in prison for bribery, wire fraud and insurance fraud. He was fined nearly $24,000.

Former Alderman John Collins-Muhammad was sentenced to nearly four years in prison and fined $19,500 for bribery and fraud crimes.

All three men are Democrats who were indicted in May and pleaded guilty in August.

“The victims here — the 300,000 residents of the city of St. Louis — expect their elected officials to do their jobs honestly and honorably, not line their pockets and swap official actions for cash,” U.S. Attorney Sayler A. Fleming said in a news release.

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Three former St. Louis aldermen sentenced in bribery case