ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis County builder has pleaded guilty to federal charges for trying to bribe a federal official.
The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says Michael Woodling, 53, of Fenton pleaded guilty Thursday. Sentencing is May 15. In addition to potential prison time, Woodling agreed to forfeit more than $1.5 million.
Federal authorities say Woodling and Joseph Madlinger, 71, of Dupo, Ill., gave cash, baseball tickets and other bribes to a now-retired official with the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to get contracts meant for businesses run by disabled veterans. Officials say the men recruited a disabled vet as a figurehead for their business, Gateway contractors.
Madlinger previously pleaded guilty and faces sentencing May 8.