Ex-VA official gets 15 months in gratuities case

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | 1:33 p.m. CDT; updated 3:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Veterans Administration official in St. Louis who admitted accepting gratuities from contractors has been ordered to spend a year and three months in federal prison.

Sixty-nine-year-old Russell Todd of Chesterfield pleaded guilty in March, admitting he accepted $20,000 in baseball tickets, meals and entertainment at a gentleman's club from Joseph Madlinger and Michael Woodling between 2007 and 2010. At the time, Todd directed projects for the VA Medical Center in St. Louis and was steering $3.4 million in work at the VA to a company owned by Madlinger and Woodling.

Woodling and Madlinger have pleaded guilty. Madlinger was sentenced to two years in federal prison and a $50,000 fine. Woodling got three years of probation and a $60,000 fine while being ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution.


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