Dem State Rep Charged With Stealing Political Funds

Dem State Rep Charged With Stealing Political Funds

Saint Louis Post Dispatch : CLAYTON • The former chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has been accused in a felony charge of using the group’s name to steal money, but it’s unclear whether he is stepping down from his seat in the House.

Rep. Steven Webb Sr., 37, D-Florissant, was named Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court on one count of felony stealing by deceit, plus seven misdemeanor charges claiming he violated laws governing reporting and use of campaign money.

House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, said Webb told him he would resign Wednesday night. However, in an email to a reporter Wednesday night, Webb said he doesn’t intend to quit. “There are no plans for me to resign,” he said.

And Webb’s lawyer on Wednesday said only that his client would not resign “today or tomorrow.”

Webb, the House minority deputy whip, was first elected to a two-year term in 2008 in a district that includes much of north St. Louis County.

The felony charge alleges that on Sept. 19, 2011, Webb solicited a $3,000 donation from Community Loans of America to sponsor a black caucus reception in Washington.

Instead, according to court documents, Webb deposited the money in an account in the name of the Missouri Black Caucus and then transferred it to a personal account for his own use.