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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Owner of hauling company in E. St. Louis admits fraud charge

[December 13, 2012]

BRIEF: Owner of hauling company in E. St. Louis admits fraud charge

Dec 13, 2012 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- EAST ST. LOUIS -- The operator of a Metro East hauling company has admitted in federal court that he conspired to defraud the city of East St. Louis and laundered money in the process, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Stephen L. Carraway, 50, of Cahokia, owned and operated Steve's Hauling Inc., in East St. Louis, and provided demolition services for the city.

He admitted that in 2010, he was told to make a cash payment in the form of a kickback to a city official in order to get an emergency demolition contract, prosecutors said.

He admitted he was told how much to bid in order to award the contract. He also admitted he submitted a false certificate of insurance in the bid proposal and did not have a liability insurance policy in place.

Carraway faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 at his sentencing, which is set for March 20.

___ (c)2012 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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