- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former western New York mayor is charged with misusing campaign contributions.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (HOH-kul) on Tuesday announced a 13-count indictment against former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey. The indictment includes 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of lying to the FBI.

Authorities say that from 2003 through 2012, Frey solicited several large campaign contributions from businesses. But instead of depositing them into his campaign accounts, they say he either cashed them or put them in his own accounts.

He’s also accused of failing to report the contributions and lying to FBI investigators.

The 83-year-old Frey didn’t return a telephone message left at his home Wednesday.

Frey was mayor of Dunkirk for 10 years, until January 2012.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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