Former Bridgeport mayor gets prison time, must pay city back | Crime
Former Bridgeport mayor Max R. Schauf has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, a $5,000 fine and three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. The court also ordered Schauf to pay $54,288.74 in restitution to the City of Bridgeport.
On November 6 of last year, Schauf, while serving as mayor of the Lawrence County town, was indicted along with Paul R. Kramer, of Vincennes, Indiana. 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 into his fraudulent activities.
Earlier this year, Schauf’s co-defendant, Paul R. Kramer, pleaded guilty to two counts of Making False Statements to the FBI and is scheduled to be sentenced in United States District Court on October 31. He faces up to five years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to years of supervised release on each count.