“I’ve been a good steward to the city, and I plan to continue to be a good steward to the city,” Reed said. Boyd will also continue serving. He had no comment after pleading not guilty and walking out of court. Collins-Muhammad, who recently resigned, also pleaded not guilty. FOX 2’s Chris Hayes asked Collis-Muhammad if his resignation indicates how he thinks this case might go, to which the former alderman reportedly replied: “No comment.” Prosecutors said years of recorded phone calls and text messages show the men gave political favors to an unnamed businessman for money and perks.
Hundreds of taped phone calls, according to federal prosecutors, demonstrate that three city leaders accepted money in exchange for political favours. Lewis Reed, the president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, as well as current and former aldermen Jeffrey Boyd and John Collins-Muhammad, were accused on federal bribery and corruption charges related to pay-to-play operations on Thursday. President of the St. Louis Alderman Lewis Reed and two other aldermen are facing federal charges. Reed left court on Thursday after entering a not guilty plea. “Just like I always have,” Reed said when asked if he’ll continue to serve.
The federal indictment said Reed later became involved and that the businessman gave Reed $2,000 in cash. Prosecutors also provided a transcript of that alleged conversation. The court record also alleges that John Doe, in the presence of Collins-Muhammad, gave Boyd $2,500. John Doe also provided car repairs on Boyd’s 2006 Chevrolet Impala, which totaled $1,611, prosecutors said. John Doe stamped the bill “paid,” even though it hadn’t been paid. There’s also a transcript of that alleged conversation. John Doe: “You know your help, where you helped me over there at the property over there at Geraldine, it’s big time. You understand?” Boyd: “Oh, there’s more to come. That’s the beginning, man.”
Court documents revealed one alleged phone call about tax abatement. Collins-Muhammad: “Apply, and I got you. I can take care of you in my ward. How soon are you looking to build?” It led to a $2,500 cash payment, according to court records. In another phone call, the unnamed business owner (John Doe) allegedly said: “You’re saving us plenty of money.” Collins-Muhammad responded: “That’s our job,” according to the transcript.
A federal judge warned Boyd and Reed, who will still be working together at City Hall, should be very careful about their dealings together and make sure they do all of it in public.