UPDATE: St. Louis Alderman resigns amid federal fraud charges

Arnowitz is expected to turn himself in later this week to face a federal fraud charge.

Kevin Killeen
March 03, 2020 - 4:51 pm
Larry Arnowitz

(City of St. Louis)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Longtime south St. Louis City Alderman Larry Arnowitz is resigning to face a federal fraud charge. 

Arnowtiz has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of mail fraud, for allegedly using campaign funds for personal use and expenses.

The 66-year-old will turn himself into federal authorities on Wednesday. His attorney Patrick Conroy tells KMOX he's facing charges over the handling of campaign money. 

"He converted $20,000 of his campaign account to personal use and he has to pay his own account back," Conroy said.

Prosecutors allege Arnowitz committed the crimes between June 2015 and February of 2019. In one case, they say he withdrew $5,000 from the Friends of Larry Arnowitz campaign fund in the form of a cashier's check, which he mailed to his mortgage holder for partial payment of his personal residential mortgage. He also allegedly made several cash withdrawls from the fund. The 12th Ward Alderman, according to the indictment, filed false reports with the Missouri Ethics Commision to cover up his actions. 

Earlier this year Arnowitz suffered the death of his adult daughter and his attorney says it's very upsetting now to have this legal problem. 

"It is a sad day, he loved the job, he loved helping people. He's heartbroken over what happened," Conroy said. 

Arnowitz submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday, stating he was resigning immediately for "personal reasons." 

He was first elected to his position in 2011 and won re-election last April. 

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