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Former Charlack Mayor Accused of Stealing

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CHARLACK, Mo. (AP) – A former mayor in St. Louis County is facing charges for allegedly stealing from the city and collecting disability payments for which he was not eligible.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County grand jury indictment of 42-year-old James Beekman accuses him of stealing more than $25,000, acceding to corruption by a public official and two lesser stealing counts.

Beekman is the former mayor of Charlack. He resigned in October, citing health reasons, and now lives in St. Charles.

Beekman’s attorney, Paul D’Agrosa, says Beekman turned himself in on July 3 and was released on $50,000 bond. Arraignment is Aug. 1. D’Agrosa says some of the charges are vague and he will seek clarification as the case moves forward.

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