Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Official Admits He Inflated Bills for Work

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Official Admits He Inflated Bills for Work

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Lincoln County's former public engineer, Chuck Freidrichs, pleaded guilty Tuesday of federal mail fraud in a scheme to obtain money from the county's flood-demolition program.

Freidrichs, 48, had supervised the county's flood programs from April 1994 until he resigned in May.

Freidrichs admitted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis that he had a demolition contractor inflate bills for asbestos removal; he then mailed the bills to the state. Donnie and Ann Miller, who own Miller Bulldozing, the county's demolition contractor, had said in an earlier interview that Freidrichs told them to give him 5 percent off the top of the bills because he had coordinated the subcontract work. These payments totaled $2,400, court documents said. In return for Freidrichs' plea, the government agreed not to bring any other criminal charges against him in his role as flood buyout coordinator. The FBI had been investigating payments that Miller Bulldozing had made to Freidrichs in 1994 and 1995. …

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