Ex-Missouri governor pleads guilty to federal indictment

Apr 12, 2012

Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to an illegal political donation made after he left office. 

Thursday's plea came the same day federal prosecutors announced an indictment against Wilson and St. Louis lawyer Edward Griesedieck III. Wilson was lieutenant governor in 2000 and served as governor for three months after Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash.

The indictment alleged Griesedieck caused his law firm to make a $5,000 contribution to the Missouri Democratic Party, then hid the cost of the contribution in legal bills submitted to Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co. Wilson was CEO of the firm in 2009 and 2010.