ST. LOUIS — The United States Attorney Eastern District of Missouri Office released today said Lewis Reed, Jeffrey Boyd, and John Collins-Muhammad are all facing two bribery-related charges each. Collins-Muhammad is also facing a charge of honest services bribery/wire fraud, and Boyd is facing a separate, two-count wire fraud indictment related to an automobile insurance scheme.

Federal prosecutors' announcement revealed explosive allegations of bribery, theft, and corruption in St. Louis City Hall in a 66-page indictment released Thursday morning.

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Charging documents allege St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed, Housing and Urban Development Zoning Committee Chairman Jeffrey Boyd and former Alderman John Collins-Muhammad accepted cash payments and other gifts in exchange for proposed tax breaks and development project approvals in the city's north side.

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If convicted of the main indictment, Reed’s and Boyd’s charges carry respective maximum penalties of 10 years and five years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine, the attorney's office said.

Collins-Muhammad's wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and his bribery charges carry a 10-year and 5-year maximum, respectively. Boyd's additional wire fraud charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones announced a statement through her Public Information Officer Nick Dunne late Thursday afternoon. Mayor Jones tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night and was working from home Thursday.

"Mayor Jones is deeply troubled by the allegations outlined by the US Attorney against Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, and President Lewis Reed. Our office will monitor this case as it progresses through the legal system."

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