CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Missouri State Representative Steve Webb of Florissant has been charged with violating laws for reporting and use of campaign money. He has been charged with a felony for stealing campaign funds and spending them on himself.
According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report he has received $28,916 worth of gifts from lobbyists. Nearly two-thirds of the value of those gifts came from utilities. He serves on the House Utilities Committee.
St. Louis County Police say that Webb asked for a political contribution of $3,000 from Community Loans of America. He told them that the donation would be used to sponsor a reception held by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. Webb then deposited the funds into a bank account he established with the name of Missouri Black Caucus. Then he transferred the funds into his personal bank account and used the funds for personal use.
The St. Louis County Circuit Court has charged him with one felony count and seven misdemeanor counts.
Webb is the minority deputy whip and chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus.
House Minority Leader Jake Hummel has released the following statement, “Misappropriation of political donations for personal use cannot be tolerated, and, if guilty of the charges against him, Representative Webb will have to answer for his alleged actions. Representative Webb has told me he intends to resign his House seat later today. Given the seriousness of the charges, we believe that is the appropriate decision for himself, his family and, mostly importantly, his constituents.”
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