Dunkirk, NY - An 83-year-old former mayor is charged with stealing campaign contributions for his personal use.
Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey faces 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. The indictment of Frey was revealed Tuesday.
"In other words, he was treating his campaign account as his own personal piggy bank," says U.S. Attorney William Hochul.
Hochul and FBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge Holly Hubert tell us Frey is alleged to have stolen $14,500 going as far back as at least 2003.
Frey served as Dunkirk's mayor from 2002 until he lost his re-election bid in 2011 for what would have been his fourth term. The investigation started when a complaint came in from one of the alleged victims.
"Often, complainants and victims are hesitant to come in. They're sometimes intimidated by the public figure," says Hubert.