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Former Milwaukee alderman charged with 3 counts of wire fraud, facing decades in prison

Posted at 11:33 AM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 12:33:41-04

MILWAUKEE — A federal grand jury has charged former Milwaukee alderman Willie Wade with three counts of wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors say Wade got $30,000 in cash by claiming he was negotiating on behalf of a current Milwaukee alderman to accept a bribe in exchange for a vote in favor of approving licenses for a downtown strip club.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the alderman was not aware of Wade's claims and had never offered or agreed to accept any bribe.

Each count carries up to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Wade served as the District 7 alderman on Milwaukee's north side from 2003 to early 2016. Khalif Rainey now represents the district.