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Edward Griesedieck III pleads guilty for donation to Democrats

2:44 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis attorney has pleaded guilty to misusing money from an insurance company to funnel contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Lawyer Edward Griesedieck III pleaded guilty in federal court Friday - a day after former Gov. Roger Wilson pleaded guilty to a similar misdemeanor charge.

Wilson and Griesedieck admitted to using money from Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. - where Wilson was CEO - to reimburse a $5,000 donation that Griesedieck's law firm made to the Democratic Party in 2009. An indictment released Thursday said the contribution was passed off as a payment for legal services from the insurance company to the law firm.

Wilson personally reimbursed the law firm for a subsequent $3,000 donation to the Democratic Party, after Griesedieck attempted to bill the insurance company.

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