St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A former Missouri Representative from St. Louis, recently released from federal prison, is now facing another challenge; paying off a half-million dollar fine.
T.D. El-Amin, busted by the feds on political corruption charges of accepting a bribe in 2009 has the State Ethics Commission billing him for 5-hundred-and 27-thousand dollars.
It all stems from the way he ran several campaign committees going back to 2006. The Ethics Commission states that El-Amin used thousands of dollars for personal expenses like casinos, luxury hotels and a massage spa.
The Commission further says campaign funds in the thousands were used to pay family members including his wife, mother and brother. The commission found El-Amin didn’t properly account for tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and expenses and treated campaign accounts like a cash machine.
El-Amin told a reporter for the Post Dispatch that the ethics penalty is an “administrative charge” and said he had no other comment.