Indictment Against Former Treasurer Dismissed on Procedural Ground
May. 17, 1994
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ An indictment against former State Treasurer Wendell Bailey was dismissed Monday after the U.S. attorney's office requested the move for procedural reasons.
Bailey was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of misusing state resources and laundering money. He pleaded innocent Thursday.
''The dismissal of this indictment was requested for procedural reasons only,'' U.S. Attorney Steve Hill said in a statement. ''In no way should this action be interpreted as a signal that a criminal investigation has been terminated.''
The dismissal was granted by U.S. District Judge Russell G. Clark.
David Steelman, an attorney for Bailey, would not comment on the government's action.
The government sometimes asks for dismissal of indictments in cases when it decides to reopen an investigation to try to broaden an indictment.
Bailey, a former Missouri congressman who was treasurer from 1985 to 1993, was charged with misusing the services of state workers and equipment worth at least $5,000 for his unsuccessful 1992 campaign for governor.
In addition, the government alleged Bailey engaged in money laundering in 1992 by converting political campaign funds to his personal use. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison without parole and a $750,000 fine.