Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The former projects director for the VA Medical Center of St. Louis is off to prison.

69-year-old Russell Todd of Chesterfield was sentenced Monday at the U.S. District Courthouse, Eagleton building, downtown.

He was given a 15 year prison term.

Earlier Todd had pled guilty to accepting up to $20,000 in gratuities while steering $3.4 million worth of contracts at the VA.

The payments came in the form of luxury suites at Cardinals baseball games, free meals, and entertainment at a local “gentlemen’s club”.

The men behind the bribes were contractors Joseph Madlinger and Michael Woodling.

In order to defraud the federal government, Madlinger and Woodling admitted to setting up a phony company purportedly owned by a service-disabled war veteran, so they could qualify for work that was only supposed to go to companies operated by wounded vets.

Woodling, 53 of Fenton, already pled guilty and was sentenced to three years of probation, a $60,000 fine and $1.5 million in restitution.

Madlinger, 71 of Dupo Ill., was ordered to spend 24 months behind bars and pay a $50,000 fine.


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