The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) said Friday they found reasonable grounds to believe laws had been broken regarding a campaign finance report filed by former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
But for the second time this year, the Cole County prosecutor, to whom the case was referred, has declined to file charges.
On June 13, the MEC informed the prosecutor of their findings.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Roy Temple, the former chair of the state Democratic Party. It alleged Greitens had not been truthful on filings to the state regarding a donor list obtained from the charity, the Mission Continues.
The MEC investigated the case and “found reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of criminal law had occurred as alleged in the complaint and voted to refer the report to the County County Prosecutor.”
In a response letter, though, the Cole County prosecutor Mark Richardson said, “There is no evidence from which I have been able to find that the reporting of the date the contribution was received was a knowing or willful misrepresentation.”
In a statement sent to News 4 Roy Temple said:“I'm pleased that the Missouri Ethics Commission t their job seriously and found reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of criminal law had occurred. However, I am disappointed that the Cole County Prosecutor declined to do his job by failing to prosecute the case. Fortunately, there will be a new prosecutor in Cole County soon who can review the case before the statute of limitations has run.”Richardson lost a primary election to another Republican earlier this month.
In April, Attorney General Josh Hawley also asked Richardson to file charges against Greitens, but Richardson declined.
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