Fri June 3, 2011
Superseding indictment placed on Kinloch, Mo. mayor for witness tampering
Updated at 12:47 p.m. June 3:
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Conway has now also been put on house arrest "for distributing packets to aldermen declaring his innocence despite a judge's orders to avoid city hall and contact with municipal officials."
A little over a week after Kinloch, Mo. mayor Keith Conway was indicted on charges that he embezzled city money for personal use, Conway has been issued a superseding indictment for witness tampering.
The witness tampering charge is on top of the two previous charges, one felony count of Wire Fraud and one felony count of Federal Program Theft.
How did the witness tampering indictment come about? A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice explains:
According to the superseding indictment filed today, on or about May 24, 2011, Conway caused false information to be provided to one or more Kinloch, Missouri City Officials, including, but not limited to, several members of the Board of Aldermen, relative to the criminal charges pending against him, and urged those officials and Aldermen to provide false information relative to the criminal charges pending against him in the original indictment.
The witness tampering charge "carries a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges," the release states.