Former Kenosha County Executive admits to improper payments

Miwaukee, Wisconsin (AP) 6-08

Former Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl says he is guilty of breaking federal and state law, but he never used the word “bribe.”

Kehl plead guilty May 30 to one federal charge of conspiracy to receive improper payments – totaling $15,000 -- for a proposed tribal casino project.

The 63-year-old former sheriff says he twice accepted envelopes stuffed with $100 bills from casino-backer and former trucking magnate Dennis Troha.

Kehl resigned his county executive position earlier this year.

He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Sept. 23. But prosecutors agreed to recommend two years per a plea agreement.