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Federal Probe Concludes Ed Mueth Acted Alone

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Ed Mueth, former Director of Executive Administration, St. Louis County Health Department

Ed Mueth, former Director of Executive Administration, St. Louis County Health Department

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A former top executive for the St. Louis County Health department, who committed suicide as higher-ups sniffed out his contracting scam, acted alone, according to the U.S. Attorney of Eastern Missouri.

Ed Mueth had no accomplices in his scheme to divert $3.4 million in contracts to his computer software company over several years, said U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.

Callahan issued a statement saying a Justice Department investigation “has not disclosed anyone, other than Mr. Mueth, who was involved in that criminal enterprise.”

Letter from U.S. Attorney of Eastern Missouri on the Ed Mueth scandal.

Letter from U.S. Attorney of Eastern Missouri on the Ed Mueth scandal.

The resolution of the investigation comes in the heat of the race for county executive — a race in which Mueth’s scandal had cast a shadow over the administration of incumbent County Executive Charlie Dooley.

The brief statement from Callahan offered no insight into whether the Dooley administration had adequate checks and balances to prevent Mueth, who was the number-two man at the health department, from pulling off such a scheme.

Mueth took his own life on September 19, 2013, after his supervisors had asked him to attend a meeting the next morning to discuss the contracts for the company he secretly ran under a fake name.

Since his death, critics have alleged someone in county government should have wondered sooner why the health department was spending taxpayer money to lease computers for twice what it would have cost to buy them.

Dooley’s challenger, County Councilman Steve Stenger, frequently sites the Mueth affair as an example of “mismanagement” in the Dooley administration .

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