Scam Suspect Ed Mueth Pledged $250K to Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Police investigators subpoena the bank and phone records of Ed Mueth, the top county health department official who committed suicide last month amid questions he may have stolen millions from taxpayers.
“At this point we cannot tell you whether or not there were others involved,” said Police Chief Tim Fitch, “You have to get records back to see who was he spending money with, who was he giving money to.”
Among the avenues of investigation, detectives are working to determine who was David Neff.
David Neff was the name notarized on a document registering Mueth’s company — Gateway Technical Solutions — with the state of Missouri. Gateway received $3.4 million in county contracts from the health department, approved by Mueth, for computer and software services.
“That name is certainly part of the investigation to figure out if there was really a person by that name, or if that was just a fictitious name. We don’t know that at this point,” Fitch said.
The Chief says detectives have interviewed several people, but no one is considered a possible suspect at this time.
Meanwhile, KMOX has learned Mueth gave a sizable donation to the St. Louis Zoo.
Mueth pledged $250,000 to the Zoo’s Living Promise Campaign, starting in February 2012, and by the time he took his life last month, he had written actual checks to the Zoo totaling $80,500.
In addition, Mueth was signed up for the Zoo’s Marlin Perkins Society– giving the Zoo a thousand dollars a year for three years — all of this while his official county salary was $86,000 a year.
The Zoo declines to comment on whether it’ll return the money.