Co-Defendant of Bridgeport Mayor Sentenced for Lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 15, 2013|
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced today that on November 15, 2013, Paul R. Kramer, 63, of Vincennes, Indiana, was sentenced to two years of probation, with six months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay fines and special assessments of $700 after pleading guilty to two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On November 6, 2012, Kramer was indicted along with Max R. Schauf, the former mayor of Bridgeport, Illinois. Schauf was charged with three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction, Kramer was charged with the two counts of making false statements. At his plea, on March 20, 2013, Kramer admitted that he had lied to FBI agents on two separate occasions when federal authorities were conducting a financial fraud investigation regarding the former mayor.
Kramer’s co-defendant, Max R. Schauf, was sentenced on October 17, 2013, to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay fines and restitution totaling $59,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ranley R. Killian and William E. Coonan.