Knowing the Health Department suspected Edward Mueth had been scheming to steal millions of dollars before he killed himself would have made things easier for St. Louis County Police investigating the fraud. That's according to Police Chief Tim Fitch, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his department didn't learn about the scam until 18 hours after Meuth's September 19, 2013 suicide.
Now, the paper reports it has received documents that show that County Health officials suspected the scheme, but delayed reporting it to law enforcement.
Officials say Mueth embezzled $3.4 million over six years by using his computer company to overcharge the county for equiptment and technical services.
An independent audit of St. Louis County operations shows Edward Mueth collected $3.4 million from the St. Louis County Health Department before killing himself last month.
Mueth shot himself the day before he was to meet with his bosses at the County Health Department to discuss invoicing irregularities regarding his company, Gateway Technical Solutions.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's still not clear what goods and services Mueth's company actually delivered to the health department over a six year period.
The audit, delivered to the County Council Thursday, found that the county had approved equipment purchases and leases from Gateway Technical Solutions at prices that were well above retail.
The audit had been commissioned before Mueth's scam came to light. A police investigation into Mueth's financial dealings with the Health Department is ongoing.
A high ranking St. Louis County Health Department administrator is dead and police are trying to determine if he killed himself to cover up a crime.
And there seems to be some disagreement between Health Department officials and police as to how serious some invoicing irregularities involving Edward Mueth might be.
Mueth killed himself Thursday, one day before he was to meet with officials about money the department paid to a technology firm that he reportedly owns.
Police Chief Tim Fitch says it appears Mueth may have been embezzling funds. Chief Fitch told Fox 2 News that Mueth is suspected of "setting up what could be a company, or maybe a couple of different companies under other names," and using bogus contracts to divert Health Department funds to his personal accounts.
Fitch says the scam could involve millions of dollars. But health department spokesperson Pat Washington says it's too soon to say if any money is missing at all.
The 39 years old administrator had been with the health department for nine year and made $86,000 annually. He had declared bankruptcy in 2004. Yet Mueth had lived in a Webster Groves home he purchased for $1.4 million in 2010. Mueth had told friends he used funds from an IT firm he used to own in order to buy the home.