Former southern IL mayor enters guilty plea on fraud, obstruction charges | Crime
Former Bridgeport, Illinois mayor Max Schauf has entered a guilty plea to charges of federal mail fraud and obstruction of justice.
Schauf, 56, was indicted last November by a federal grand jury. The indictment charged Schauf with three counts of Mail Fraud and one count of Obstruction Of Justice. Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.
“Theft, fraud, and obstruction by one public servant tarnish the image of all those dedicated public servants who serve their communities each day with honesty and integrity,” said United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton. “The plea in this case should be a reminder that my office, along with all of its federal and state law enforcement partners, will vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone, such as Schauf, who abuses the privilege and honor of their public service.”
At his plea, Schauf admitted that from July of 2008 until March of 2011, he had engaged in a scheme to defraud the City of Bridgeport, as well as its residents, by submitting false and fraudulent invoices, contracts and bills for services and equipment.
Schauf also admitted that on November 10, 2011, he had obstructed justice by telling another person to give false and misleading information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the investigation.
Schauf will be sentenced Thursday, August 8.
Schauf’s co-defendant, Paul R. Kramer, pled guilty on March 20 to two counts of Making False Statements to the FBI and is scheduled to be sentenced in United States District Court on June 27. He faces up to five years of in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release on each count.