St. Louis County employee fired, charged in COVID relief funding scam | Missouri

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(The Center Square) –The appointed change management coordinator at the St. Louis County Justice Services Center was fired on Tuesday, hours before pleading not guilty to charges of defrauding the federal government’s COVID-19 relief fund.

A grand jury charged Tony Weaver with four counts of wire fraud in a 12-page indictment filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri. The document provides lengthy narratives between Weaver and “John Smith,” an owner and operator of several small businesses in St. Louis County, including a gas station, convenience mart, supermarket, laundromat and an automobile mechanic shop.

In May 2020, St. Louis County created a $17.5 million grants program to assist small businesses harmed by pandemic restrictions. It was funded by $173 million in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and…

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