Mayor Schmitt to enter plea to election fraud charges, face sentencing in December

Mayor Jim Schmitt
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is scheduled to enter a plea in his election fraud case and be sentenced on the same day in December.

Online court records show Schmitt will appear before Judge Mitchell Metropulos on December 5.

The special prosecutor announced Schmitt intends to plead guilty to the misdemeanors as part of a plea agreement. He would avoid jail time and probation but be forced to dissolve his campaign committee and donate $26,000 of the excess donations to the School Fund.

Schmitt is serving his fourth term as city mayor. He’s accused of violating state campaign finance laws while running for re-election between 2011 and 2015.

A special investigator says he uncovered instances in which Schmitt’s campaign accepted donations over the legal limit and altered financial documents to get around the limit. Schmitt has claimed any irregularities were not intentional.

He’s rejected calls from some aldermen to step down.