Former Gov. Roger Wilson Sentenced to Probation and Fines

Jul 10, 2012 at 8:45 am
Former Governor Roger Wilson.
Former Governor Roger Wilson.
Former Missouri Governor Roger B. Wilson, 63, and attorney Edward Griesedieck III, 53, were sentenced yesterday for misappropriation of insurance funds. Wilson received two years probation and a $5,000 fine, and he must pay $5,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. Griesedieck was also sentenced to one year of probation and a $5,000 fine, and must also pay restitution of $5,000 and perform 100 hours community service.

Griesedieck made contributions to the Missouri Democratic Party in the amount of $5,000 on two separate occasions in 2009, and then was reimbursed by Wilson with funds from the Missouri Employers Mutual, Missouri's largest workers compensation provider; these funds were disguised in legal bills as "cost advanced." Wilson was CEO of Missouri Employers Mutual at the time and approved payment of the bill knowing it to be false.

In addition to probation and fines, Griesedieck surrendered his law license for 18 months. Both men paid fines of $2,000 to the Missouri Ethics Commission, and both also paid restitution to Missouri Employers Mutual. Wilson and Griesedieck could have been sentenced to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.