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Former Berkley official pleads guilty


St. Louis, MO. – Another St. Louis-area official pleads guilty to federal bribery charges.

The former city manager of Berkeley pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal bribery and mail fraud for taking bribes from an insurance broker in 2003.

U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says Joseph King admitted to taking more than $30,000 in bribes to secure an insurance brokerage contract.

A broker for Associated Insurance Group allegedly paid off King through inflated invoices to the north St. Louis County suburb.

King faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced January 12.

Both King and St. Peters Mayor Shawn Brown were indicted at the same time in August for separate federal bribery charges.

Brown pleaded guilty last week and resigned as mayor Monday.