Friday, October 24, 2008

Schroeder pleads not guilty, released on bond

This from The Courier-Journal:
Thomas Schroeder, the Illinois man indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring with former University of Louisville dean Robert Felner to commit money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS, was arraigned this morning in federal court.

Schroeder, 58, of Fort Byron, Ill., turned himself into federal authorities at about 9 this morning. David Mejia, Schroeder’s Louisville attorney, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client during the arraignment. Following the hearing, Mejia said Schroeder and his legal team “look forward to the day when his case will be presented to the jury.”

In addition to Mejia, Schroeder is represented by Illinois attorney Herbert Schultz, who in the past has said Schroeder denies any wrongdoing.

Judge Dave Whalin released Schroeder on a $100,000 unsecured bond — the same amount set for Felner at his arraignment yesterday. The federal indictment alleges Schroeder and Felner fraudulently obtained nearly $2.3 million in grant and contract money from University of Louisville and University of Rhode Island.

A Dec. 22 trial date has been set for both men.

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