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Prominent lawyer Charles Polk sentenced to nearly four years

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A once politically-connected attorney will serve 46 months in prison for felony tax evasion and fraud.

A federal judge Thursday imposed the maximum allowable penalty on Charles Polk, the former general counsel of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District.

Prosecutors say Polk pocketed more than $45,000 that a Michigan-based engineering firm intended to pay MSD. Polk's attorney Scott Rosenblum says he's confident his client will be successful again.

"Charles Polk is a man of enormous talent and enormous ambition," Rosenblum said. "And he will serve his time, and in a couple of years he will be a contributing member to society, to his family and to whatever profession he chooses, even if it's not the legal profession."

Polk will also pay more than 560-thousand dollars in restitution, and will attend an alcohol abuse treatment program.

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