A federal prosecutor leading the investigation into St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s administration has asked the county to turn over records from a list of grants and contracts — most of them involving Stenger’s campaign donors.
In an April 4 letter to St. Louis County Counselor Peter Krane, obtained by the Post-Dispatch from a source, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith asked Krane to focus on records of contracts and grants with several entities. At the top of the list are two businesses — Northwest Crossings and Givco LLC — involved in the county’s lease for office space at the former Northwest Plaza shopping mall in St. Ann.
The deal will cost county taxpayers between $69 million and $77 million. The owners of the site, brothers Robert Glarner and P. David Glarner, donated $365,000 to Stenger’s campaign.
The Stenger administration initially touted the deal as saving taxpayers $10 million. A Post-Dispatch investigation revealed that those claims were false and that the contract had the potential to cost millions more than had been disclosed.