Former Milwaukee Alderman Indicted For Wire Fraud

May 8, 2019

Former Milwaukee Alderman Willie Wade has been indicted for wire fraud.

According to the charges, Wade falsely claimed 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. Wade allegedly accepted $30,000 via wire transfer, but he wasn't actually working on behalf of any elected Milwaukee official.

Wade has been charged with three counts of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, $250,000 fine and three years' probation.  

Wade represented Milwaukee’s 7th District on the Common Council from 2003 until 2017, when he decided not to run for reelection. He currently serves as president and CEO of Employ Milwaukee, a workforce development board.