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Suspended Kinloch mayor pleads not guilty to stealing government funds

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(KMOV) – The suspended mayor of Kinloch pleaded not guilty to federal charges of wire fraud Wednesday, after he was accused of stealing from government funds.

Keith Conway, 47, was indicted for allegedly using Kinloch, Missouri money to pay for a vacation home in Florida and other personal and travel expenses.

According to the United States Attorney’s office, between January 2009 and March 31, 2011, Conway used city funds to pay for personal Bahamas vacation cruises, airline tickets to Las Vegas and Ft. Lauderdale, a down payment and loan payments on a time share condominium in Florida, personal credit card bills, personal federal income taxes and Ameren electric bills for his personal residence.

Conway was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday on one count of felony wire fraud and one count of felony federal program theft.

He was released on bond on the condition that he has no contact with Kinloch city employees or board members. However, News 4 caught the mayor working with public works employees on the Kinloch Museum, which is set to open Saturday.

When asked if this was a violation, the mayor’s attorney said he did not think that was a condition of his bond.

The Kinloch Board of Aldermen appointed Alderwoman Ann Marshall as interim mayor Tuesday.

Conway is scheduled to appear in court again on June 15 at 9 a.m.

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