Federal investigators focus on $3.7 million crime lab subcontract

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - FOX 2 has learned that federal investigators are stepping up their investigation into a subcontract for police Board Chairman Gregory Sansone relating to work for the police department. A spokesman for  County Police Chief Tim Fitch confirmed they have received a federal subpoena asking for all information and documents relating to the contract in question. The chief has send an email to all his workers asking for that information so they can get it to the feds.

At least one council member received the a federal subpoena for information. Federal investigators also want information from County Executive Charlie Dooley but a spokesman for his office would neither confirm nor deny that. Some background, the County awarded a contract to a company to do work for the police crime lab.

That company turned around and gave a 3.7 million dollar subcontract owned by police board chairman Sansone. The Dooley administration let the deal go through despite concerns over conflict of interest.

Police Chief Tim Fitch was so concerned he called in the FBI to take a look. A spokesman with the US Attorneys office said they officer could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation. Sansone was not available for comment.

On Monday the 'You Paid For It'  grilled St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley over the subcontract awarded to his political appointee on the St. Louis County Police Board Gregory Sansone. The county charter prevents public officials from profiting from county tax dollars.

Dooley insists there was nothing wrong with Sansone's company getting the contract. Dooley says his county counselor gave the deal the green light.

See how Dooley defends this deal when Elliott Davis comes calling with pointed questions.

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