ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It was a scandal that cast a shadow over the St. Louis County Police Board and became fodder in the St. Louis County Executive race.
KMOX has learned the outcome of the probe into contracts for a police crime lab.
The U.S. Attorney tells KMOX there was no criminal wrongdoing found in the investigation of contracts at the St. Louis County Police Board.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says allegations of fraud became public knowledge and ruined his chances for re-election.
“So, for me to say this did not cause me to lose this election, I wouldn’t be telling the truth. That is the main reason why I lost the election – because I was painted as an African American that was corrupt,” Dooley says.
The investigation began in summer 2013, centering on a multimillion-dollar police crime lab project, and questions of self-dealing when a company co-owned by the then-chairman of the police board – Greg Sansone – received a subcontract to work on the project.
“From a public relations standpoint, it probably wasn’t a good idea,” says U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan. “But the police board had nothing to do with the awarding of any of these contracts.”
Callahan says while it looked “unseemly,” there were no federal laws broken when the company received the multimillion-dollar subcontract.
“The allegations that were swirling around, I guess, was whether there was any undue influence used behind the scenes,” he says, and “our investigation did not find any evidence of fraud or other improprieties in the awarding of either of those two contracts.”
Callahan says both the main contract for the police lab and the subcontract to Sansone’s firm were the lowest bids submitted.
This story was updated at 1:45 p.m.
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