FBI questioned 4 aldermen about former Grandview mayor's charity

GRANDVIEW, Mo. - The FBI contacted four Grandview aldermen last year with questions about a charity run by the city's former mayor, those aldermen told 41 Action News Tuesday night.

At a Grandview Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, Alderwoman Annette Turnbaugh and Alderman Leonard Jones said they received phone calls from FBI agents asking them what they knew about then-Mayor Steve Dennis' charity "Matters of the Heart, Inc."

Both aldermen said they told the FBI they knew little to nothing about the charity, which Dennis founded in 2011 then dissolved in 2013 after failing to file proper paperwork.

The two aldermen join Board President Brent Steeno and Alderman John Maloney in having taken questions from the FBI.

Steeno and Maloney had been listed as board members of the charity without their knowledge before filing letters of complaint to the Secretary of State in April

Weeks later, Dennis wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper calling the inclusion of Steeno and Maloney in the charity filing documents a simple mistake. He said their names were merely "placeholders" he forgot to remove.

Dennis has yet to speak publicly about why he resigned suddenly on Friday, nor has he returned 41 Action News' requests for comment.

Tonight current and former officials offered only praise for Dennis, with one former official calling his departure a "catastrophe" for the city.

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