Subpoena Reveals Focus of Federal Probe in St. Louis County
CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — The printers are churning out reams of material in the St. Louis County government building to satisfy a federal grand jury subpoena — a probe into possible wrongdoing in the awarding of a subcontract for the county’s new police crime lab.
KMOX News has obtained a copy of the subpoena, issued August 16 to the County’s Custodian of Records, seeking evidence to be handed over to the grand jury by September 4.
The subpoena calls for “any and all documents, records, and materials relating in any manner whatsover to the construction of the St. Louis County Police Crime Laboratory in Clayton, Missouri.”
The far reaching request calls for all information going back to January 1, 2011.
Police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone, a political appointee of County Executive Charlie Dooley, is also mentioned by name.
Investigators want anything relating to Sansone and SM Mechanical, a company co-owned by Sansone. Earlier this year SM Mechanical was awarded a $3.75 million subcontract to install the ventilation system in the new crime lab. The subpoena also requests all correspondence relating to St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch the man who asked the FBI to investigate.
KMOX questioned County Executive Charlie Dooley about the subpoena during a news conference on economic development at Lambert Airport.
“I have nothing to say about than what I’ve already have,” Dooley said, “We are cooperating fully with the investigation.”
Reached for comment at a separate event downtown, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch declined to discuss whether he thinks the bidding process on the police board had become tainted by politics.
“All I can say is what I’ve said all along,” Fitch said, “I want the truth to come out.”
The subpoena is being described by onlookers as unusual for the short turnaround time of September 4. One person familiar with the subpoena who asked not to be identified said it seems as if the feds already have a case from the documents previously turned over by Chief Fitch, and they are waiting to see if county officials will withhold any documents they already have.
Another onlooker familiar with county government operations described a frenzied scene of copy machines printing out stacks of material almost nonstop. The county-wide subpoena requires a search of every computer in county government that may contain data to satisfy the search demands requested by the feds.
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