BUFFALO – Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey is facing federal charges involving wire fraud and lying to federal investigators.
On Thursday, Frey appeared before a federal judge in Buffalo and was arraigned on 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI.
According to a north county media outlet, Frey pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance. He will return to court later this year in July.
The 83-year-old Frey is accused of taking an estimated $14,000 from his campaign fund and using the money in his personal accounts between 2003 and 2012 while he served as Mayor of Dunkirk.
If found guilty on all charges, Frey faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.