John Collins-Muhammad sentenced to more than three years of bribery

ST. LOUIS — John Collins-Muhammad, one of three former St. Louis City Council members charged with bribery, has been sentenced to less than four years in federal prison.

Collins-Muhammad is one of three former St. Louis aldermen facing jail time for their role in the bribery and pay-to-play case. Former Aldermen President Lewis Reed and former Aldermen Jeffrey Boyd also face convictions.

Federal investigators say the former councilors took cash to secure tax breaks for a business developer. The Feds say they have hundreds of recorded phone calls and thousands of text messages.

Collins-Muhammad, the former 21st Borough councilman, is accused of accepting bribes and a free car to help a small business owner get approval to build a gas station/convenience store in his borough and $1,000 worth of tax breaks to obtain several hundred thousand dollars directly in violation of city and state ordinances. The small business owner, who is not named in the indictment, also sought Boyd’s help to purchase and redevelop a piece of land in Boyd’s community.

As of January 2020, Collins-Muhammad accepted $13,500 in cash, $3,000 in campaign contributions, a Volkswagen CC sedan, and an Apple iPhone 11 from John Doe.

This is an evolving story. More information on Reed and Boyd’s proposed penalties can be found here. John Collins-Muhammad sentenced to more than three years of bribery

Sarah Y. Kim

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