Senator Matthew McCoy Facing Indictment

By: Claire Kellett, Anchor/Reporter


By Claire Kellett

DES MOINES - An Iowa state senator is facing a federal charge of attempted extortion.

Sen. Matthew McCoy is accused of trying to extort money from a former business partner. But the Democrat, who has represented areas of Des Moines since 1996, says he has done nothing illegal.

“I know this is a walk through hell, but I am armed with the truth, and the truth is, I did nothing wrong,” says McCoy.

McCoy is accused of demanding the owner and an employee of Security Plus pay him $100 every time the business installs security systems in seniors' homes. If the employee refused, McCoy allegedly threatened to use his influence in the state Medicaid office to have the business removed as a Medicaid vendor. But McCoy claims the charges are retaliation after a business relationship went awry.

“This was a dispute between two parties, business partners, one of the parties soured and made accusations against the other party," says McCoy.

McCoy says he's known the Security Plus worker for more than 15 years, and that they were even in Alcoholics Anonymous together. McCoy says in this case, his political position was a disadvantage.

“We are held to higher standards as elected officials, but also it means we are susceptible to people to make accusations against us," says McCoy.

And the accusation is he accepted about $2,000 in payments -- money that prosecutors say looked like it came from the business, but really came from the FBI.

McCoy's arraignment is set for March 29. Conviction would come with up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. McCoy says he will continue his responsibilities as a state senator and will do his best to serve his constituents.

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG