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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - A former federal prosecutor says an FBI investigation of a police contract in St. Louis County could quickly morph into other areas.

Jeff Demerath, a white collar crime defense attorney with the firm Armstrong Teasdale has no ties to the subcontracting investigation. When KMOX News showed him a copy of the subpoena we obtained, he says this could be just the beginning.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Demerath handles white collar criminal defense for Armstrong Teasdale

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Demerath handles white collar criminal defense for Armstrong Teasdale

“Once the agents have a real interest and time expended in a case, it’s tough to just walk away,” he says. “They’re terriers. It’s tough. They’re going to grab a hold of your pants and not let go.”

Demerath says while the focus of the subpoena appears to deal with possible wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with a St. Louis County Police subcontract, he wouldn’t be surprised if someone who is the target of the probe becomes an informant and points agents to other areas of possible corruption in St. Louis County government.

“When I was a prosecutor, I did the same thing. You look for everything,” Demerath adds. “You look for absolutely everything because once you’re in the door in one of these subpoenas, you can look and keep looking and they can go on for years.”

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