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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Kinloch Mayor Keith Conway is charged with witness tampering and ordered to stay home with an electronic monitoring, while he awaits trial on federal corruption charges.
Judge David Noce issued the order, after a bond revocation hearing in which an FBI agent testified that Conway blatantly broke the terms of his bond release by contacting potential witnesses in his upcoming embezzlement trial.
Conway is awaiting trial on charges that he used the Kinloch city credit card to pay for pleasure trips, utility bills and even his federal income tax bill. All told, he allegedly spent more than $20,000 in city funds from the impoverished north St. Louis County town.
FBI Agent Christine Kenney testified that Conway entered city hall and spent time in his office, leaving the safe door ajar and a money bag empty in his desk. Kenney says Conway then made copies of a packet on his court case and ordered a Kinloch police officer to deliver them to city aldermen. The packet allegedly included a note to aldermen “coaching them” to back up his story that city funds he spent represented compensation for hard work and unused vacation time.
“You approved this because of all my hard work for the city,” Kenny said, quoting Conway’s note, “Right now, it’s important that all of us stick together or they will bring all of us down and the city with us.”
Conway’s attorney Andy Hale told the Judge Noce that Conway had acted without the advice of an attorney when he entered city hall, and did not understand he was violating terms of his release. Hale argued that Conway understands now not to contact city officials.
Before ordering house arrest, Judge Noce said it was his “clear recollection” that Conway had been ordered to make no contact with city officials when he was originally released May 26 on $25,000 bond.
At his original bond hearing Conway listened to the terms of his release and then told the judge: “I’ll fully obey. You’ll have no problems with me.”
Conway is awaiting trial on one felony count of wire fraud and one felony county of federal program theft. If convicted, he could get up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $500.000.