ST. LOUIS — Mayor Tishaura Jones said Wednesday that the corruption described in the federal indictments against former Aldermen President Lewis Reed and former Aldermen Jeffrey Boyd and John Collins-Muhammad is “completely unacceptable.”
She said city residents would be better served by people not facing federal charges and she believes more federal charges are to come. Jones said she thinks “that’s the tip of the iceberg.”
“All three did the right thing by retiring. Now our city can take the first tentative steps to move forward,” Jones said.
Reed resigned Tuesday, Boyd resigned Friday, June 3, and Collins-Muhammad resigned May 12.
A state grand jury indicted Reed on two counts of bribery and Collins-Muhammad on two counts of bribery and honest service/wire fraud bribery on one count. Boyd has also been charged with two counts of bribery and faces a separate indictment on two counts of wire fraud, alleging he demanded $22,000 from his insurance company for damage to vehicles he falsely claimed to own.
Collins-Muhammad is accused of accepting bribes and a free car to help a small business owner get permission to build a gas station/grocery store in his community and receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks, in a direct violation violates city and state ordinances.
“What we can’t measure is the stores, the grocery stores, the homes that never came to St. Louis because of problems like this, especially north St. Louis,” Jones said.
The indictment is the culmination of a two-year investigation by the FBI and US Attorneys’ Office in St. Louis and included undercover recordings of meetings and phone conversations, as well as text messages and emails.
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Jones said Reed fought her from day one, when she walked into the mayor’s office. She said she has felt pushed back by Boyd since she became treasurer in 2012.
“According to the indictment, John Collins-Muhammad said I was on his shit list for trying to stop him giving illegal tax breaks, and that language says all that needs to be said,” Jones said.
She went on to say that when politicians act in accordance with the charges, everyone loses.
“Regardless of the political intrigue of the day, my office remains focused on delivering and improving the services that touch people’s lives every day: repairing our roads, collecting and recycling trash, protecting communities from COVID-19, making our Making neighborhoods safer and creating opportunities for our young people and their families,” Jones said.
At the start of Wednesday’s press conference, she addressed her current COVID diagnosis. She tested positive on Wednesday night, June 1st. At the press conference, she said she is now testing negative and has been quarantined for the required period.
Joe Vollmer will take over as interim Aldermanic president until an election in November.
“I’m asking the public to give him a chance to take the lead as he’s taking on a role that he wasn’t looking for,” Jones said.
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