St. Louis treasurer under scrutiny in court -

St. Louis treasurer under scrutiny in court

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The federal trial of a former employee of the St. Louis treasurer's office is raising questions about how that office has been run.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an FBI agent testified Thursday that former employees told the FBI that Treasurer Larry Williams knew about, and even looked out for, no-show employees on his payroll.

   Williams did not return a message seeking comment.

   FBI agent Monique Comeau's testimony came during a hearing in the case of Fred Robinson, a treasurer's office worker indicted in September on one count of wire fraud and seven counts of federal program theft. Prosecutors say he took more than $250,000 of public money from a now-defunct charter school, and took as much as $175,000 for his no-show job with the city.

   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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