Russell Todd sentenced on corruption charges

8:43 AM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- A former Director for the VA Medical Center in St. Louis is sentenced on corruption charges, the United State's Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

69-year-old Russell Todd, of Chesterfield, is sentenced to 15 months in prison for accepting illegal gratuities from government contractors while in his role as Director of Projects for the VA Medical Center in St. Louis.

Todd admitted in March to accepting around $20,000 in luxury baseball tickets, meals and entertainment and a local gentlemen's club from Joseph Madlinger and Michael Woodling, while he was steering $3.4 million in work at the VA to their company.

Madlinger, 71, and Woodling, 53, pleaded guilty in February to defrauding the VA by setting up a front company, purportedly owned and operated by a service disabled veteran, as well as making the illegal payments to Todd. They were charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Woodling was sentenced to three years of probation, a $60,000 fine and ordered to pay a restitution of $1.5 million.

Madlinger was sentenced to 24 months in prison, and a $50,000 fine. His restitution is to be determined at a later date.


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