St. Louis Alderman makes first court appearance on fraud charges

Larry Arnowitz was released without bond pending a hearing next week.

Kevin Killeen
March 04, 2020 - 9:38 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Former St. Louis Ward 12 Alderman Larry Arnowitz appeared in federal court for the first time Wednesday after being charged with one federal count of mail fraud.

The 66-year old Arnowitz is accused of shifting $20,000 in campaign money into his own bank account to pay his mortgage and for other personal uses.  His attorney, Patrick Conroy, spoke to reporters outside the court house.

"It's a very hard time for his family right now, very difficult," he said. "He loved what he did, he loved helping people. He's going to obviously retire from public life."

Arnowitz was released without having to pay bond and ordered to appear for his arraignment next Wednesday.  

In court for his first appearance, Arnowitz wore sneakers, sweat pants and a Cleveland Dutchmen athletic sweatshirt. Metal chains attached to his ankles and wrists jangled as he approached the judge.

"I know he appreciates all the well wishes from the many people who have said nice thing to him," Conroy said.

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