House Democratic Leader: Dem. Rep. Steve Webb to resign over felony stealing charge

– State Rep. Steven Webb, D-St. Louis, is set to resign after being charged with felony stealing charges, House Minority Leader Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis, said Wednesday.

Webb was charged Wednesday with one count of felony stealing for soliciting $3,000 from Community Loans of America under the premise that it was for the Missouri Black Caucus’s campaign fund, but instead allegedly used it for personal purposes, the St. Louis Post Dispatch first reported.

In a statement, Hummel said Webb made his intentions clear to him earlier today.

“Misappropriation of political donations for personal use cannot be tolerated, and if guilty of the charges against him, Representative Webb will have to answer for his alleged actions. Representative Webb has told me he intends to resign his House seat later today,” he said. “Given the seriousness of the charges, we believe this is the appropriate decision for himself, his family and, mostly importantly, his constituents.”

Hummel’s statement came after Webb’s lawyer told the Post Dispatch that Webb would not resign immediately.