Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson pleads guilty in campaign finance case

ST. LOUIS | Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to an illegal political donation made after he left office.

The plea on Thursday came the same day federal prosecutors announced an indictment against Wilson and St. Louis lawyer Edward Griesedieck III. The indictment says Griesedieck had his law firm donate $5,000 to the Missouri Democratic Party and hid the cost in legal bills submitted to Missouri Employers Mutual in 2009, when Wilson was chief executive.

Wilson admitted in his plea that he knew about the illegal contribution when he approved payment. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9, and he was freed on his own recognizance.

Wilson was lieutenant governor in 2000 and served as governor for three months after Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash.