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Sam Page calls for state auditor to look into losses from pay-to-play scheme

"The work by an outside auditor will help the county determine the magnitude of the loss incurred through pay-to-play and improper insider deals," Page said in the letter.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The new St. Louis County executive wants the state auditor to help find out how much money the county lost in the pay-to-play scheme that forced the resignation of former executive Steve Stenger.

In a letter to the County Council, Sam Page requested the council pass a resolution that would ask Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway to audit parties involved in the scheme. Those include the county government, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and other development agencies.

"The work by an outside auditor will help the county determine the magnitude of the loss incurred through pay-to-play and improper insider deals," Page said in the letter.

The letter asks the council to consider the resolution at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday.

Stenger's plea agreement last week stated, in part, that he "...used his official position as St. Louis County Executive to enrich himself through soliciting and accepting campaign contributions from individuals and their companies in exchange for favorable official action, which enriched those individuals and their companies by secretly obtaining favorable action for themselves and their companies, through corrupt means."

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