ST. LOUIS (AP) — The longtime recorder of deeds in St. Louis is under investigation for nepotism.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1sHFKQH ) reports that the circuit attorney's office confirmed the investigation of Sharon Quigley Carpenter on Friday. Her opponent in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, Ed McFowland, has alleged that Carpenter hired her great-nephew to work summers from 2010 to 2012. He also accuses Carpenter of hiring the son of her chief deputy to perform $100,000 in office renovations.

Carpenter did not return messages seeking comment.

Missouri law states that any public office holder who employs a relative within four degrees should forfeit his or her office. A great nephew is considered a fourth degree relative by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com