Kinloch mayor pleads guilty to multiple charges - KMOV.com

Kinloch mayor pleads guilty to multiple charges

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV) -- The mayor of the impoverished St. Louis County town of Kinloch faces sentencing in November after pleading guilty to three federal charges.

Keith Conway, 47, pled guilty to one felony count of wire fraud, federal program funds theft and witness tampering. According to court documents and statements made by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith, Conway, used city money for things such as Caribbean cruises, a time-share condominium in Florida, personal credit card bills, personal federal income taxes and even to pay electric bills for a city owned residence where he was living rent free.

Following his original indictment on fraud and embezzlement charges, Conway provided false information to city officials.  He was indicted in the spring for wire fraud, federal program theft and witness tampering.

The witness tampering charge accuses Conway of lying to city officials about the allegations and encouraging them to lie on his behalf.

Wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison; federal program funds theft carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison; and witness tampering carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Each charge is subject to fines up to $250,000.

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