Missouri Mayor Sentenced For Fraud, Embezzlement And Witness Tampering

Earlier this month the United States Attorney’s Office announced that Kinloch, Missouri’s Mayor Keith Conway was being sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $62,429 on charges of using the city’s funds to pay personal expenses, fund personal travel, purchase a Florida vacation condo timeshare (sorry, no jail clause in those puppies!), and attempting to influence city officials to provide false information to federal law enforcement about the criminal charges pending against him.

This guy was a seriously crappy mayor.

According to court documents and statements made in Court at the time of the plea, between January 2009 and March 31, 2011, Conway stole, diverted and embezzled city funds to pay for several personal Bahamas vacation cruises, airline tickets to Las Vegas and Ft. Lauderdale for himself and friends, the down payment and loan payments on a time share condominium in South Florida, personal credit card bills, personal federal income taxes, as well as Ameren electric bills for a city-owned residence where he was living rent free.

Further, following his original indictment on the fraud and embezzlement charges, and while on bond, Conway provided false information to Kinloch City officials, including several members of the Board of Aldermen, relative to the criminal charges pending against him, and urged those officials to provide false information about those charges contained in the original indictment.

Conway was originally indicted on the fraud charges in May 2011 and was charged in a superseding indictment in June, with the additional witness tampering charge.

Conway pled guilty in August to one felony count of wire fraud, one felony count of federal program funds theft and one felony count of witness tampering –

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