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Missouri House Democrat Charged with Stealing Campaign Funds

Mo. State Rep. Steve Webb giving 'mixed signals' on whether he will resign

• November 7, 2013 5:34 pm

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Missouri State Rep. Steve Webb (D., St. Louis County) is sending mixed signals as to whether he will resign following charges he broke numerous campaign finance laws, KMOV reports.

The state representative is charged with several misdemeanors and one felony pertaining  to the violations.

The felony charge alleges Webb deliberately stole a $3000 political donation while soliciting money on behalf of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, according to the Associated Press:

A Missouri House member was charged Wednesday with stealing and numerous campaign finance violations for allegedly diverting political donations to his personal use.

Democratic Rep. Steve Webb, of St. Louis County, faces one felony charge of stealing by deceit for soliciting money on behalf of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus that he allegedly transferred to himself.

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St. Louis County Court documents filed by the prosecuting attorney’s office and police department say Webb solicited a $3,000 donation in September 2011 from Community Loans of America to help sponsor a reception held by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. Webb is accused of transferring that money to his personal bank account and using it for himself.

The court documents also include a Nov. 6 statement from a Missouri Ethics Commission investigator outlining probable cause to believe Webb violated state campaign finance laws between Jan. 7, 2010, and Nov. 21, 2012.

Two of the misdemeanor charges accuse him of failing to report more than $25,000 of contributions to his campaign committee and nearly $37,000 of expenditures. Three charges allege he made more than the legally allowed amount of cash expenditures from his campaign committee in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

One charge alleges Webb converted about $6,600 of contributions to his campaign committee for his personal use. Another charge accuses him of purposely comingling about $5,100 of contributions received by his campaign committee with money in accounts set up for he and his wife, a children’s basketball team, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus and entities called the SW Portrait Group and Extended Horizons.

The felony stealing-by-deceit charge carries a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison. The misdemeanor charges all carry maximum penalties of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Published under: Democratic Party, Missouri