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Brentwood city administrator gets probation in embezzlement case

Brentwood City Hall, Brentwood, Mo.
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Brentwood City Hall, Brentwood, Mo.

The former city administrator for Brentwood, Mo. is on probation for the next five years, including six months of house arrest, for embezzling about $30,000 from the mid-county municipality.

Christopher A. Seemayer will also have to pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution of $15,383 to the city. He pleaded guilty in June to two counts of federal program theft for taking cash advances on the city of Brentwood credit card to use while gambling at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.  The city, unaware of Seemayer's actions, paid the bills with city funds.

The investigation into Seemayer's actions led to the discovery that firefighters were often getting paid thousands of dollars in overtime for hours they had not work. City officials forced three top officers to retire and demoted two others as a result.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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