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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Former Kinloch Mayor Indicted For Lying On Employment Records

St. Louis, MO - Former Kinloch Mayor KEITH CONWAY was indicted on federal charges of falsifying employment records while completing his original sentence at a St. Louis halfway house, the Dismas House. 

According to the indictment, on May 1, 2013, the United States Bureau of Prisons transferred Conway from its prison facility at Marion, Illinois, to the Dismas House residential reentry center in St. Louis.  The Bureau of Prisons contracts with Dismas House for the housing and supervision of inmates and retains jurisdiction and responsibility over those inmates until their ultimate release from Bureau of Prisons' custody upon completion of their sentence.   As a resident of Dismas House, Conway was required to seek and obtain full-time employment and to submit paycheck stubs to verify that employment to the Dismas House Program Director.  While a resident at Dismas House awaiting final release from the Bureau of Prisons, Conway falsely represented that he had obtained full-time employment and was permitted to leave the Dismas House premises during his purported work hours.

Conway was originally sentenced to 21 months in prison in November 2011 on charges of using Kinloch city funds to pay personal expenses, fund personal travel, purchase a Florida vacation condominium timeshare and attempting to influence Kinloch City officials to provide false information to federal law enforcement about the criminal charges pending against him.

Conway was indicted by a federal grand jury on four felony counts of filing  false documents.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 5 years 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.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Public Corruption Unit, including officers of the St. Louis County Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

            As is always the case,  charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Updated March 19, 2015