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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Friday, November 15, 2013

Co-Defendant Of Bridgeport Mayor Sentenced For Lying To The Federal Bureau Of Investigation

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 $700.00, 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 eighteen 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.

Updated February 19, 2015