Convicted Mo. embezzler gets money for sick leave

BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Some officials and residents in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood are critical of the benefits paid to a former city administrator convicted of embezzlement.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reported that 52-year-old Chris Seemayer pleaded guilty this past week in federal court of stealing $30,000 from the municipality and gambling it away.

Seemayer paid about $30,000 in restitution from his personal funds. But he also negotiated a deal that netted him about $34,000 from the city for sick leave and vacation time he had accumulated working there for 18 years.

The city says it paid Seemayer to avoid potential litigation.

But the situation prompted one resident to petition for a state audit of city finances. Two aldermen also have been critical.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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