Local City Health Inspector Indicted on Bribery Charges
ST. LOUIS, MO—Kevin Huntspon was indicted for allegedly soliciting and receiving payments from a local grocery store owner in connection with health inspections conducted at the grocery store.
Huntspon, 50, St. Louis City, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of accepting a bribe by an agent of an organization receiving federal funds. The indictment was returned Wednesday, but remained sealed until the arrest of the defendant earlier today.
If convicted, this charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.