Friday, July 27, 2012

St. Louis Building Inspector Indicted on Bribery Charges

A St. Louis City building inspector was arrested early this morning on bribery charges. Anthony D. Davis, age 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on two felony bribery counts. The indictment remained sealed until the arrest of the defendant this morning.

Davis was indicted for soliciting and accepting bribes relating to his official duties of inspecting buildings and issuing permits for buildings located within St. Louis City. According to the indictment, Davis unlawfully accepted more than $2,000 in cash payments in connection with his duties as a building inspector. The indictment alleges two instances of Davis accepting bribe payments in July and August 2011.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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