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Andrew Kirchhoefer, 42, of Belleville, doing business as Liberty International Operations Group, Inc. and Gateway Constructions Solutions, Inc.,has pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in a scheme to defraud homeowners through contracts to do remodeling construction jobs in Missouri and Illinois, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.

Kirchhoefer also plead guilty to failure to file a corporate federal income tax return. He faces a statutory maximum prison sentence of up to 21 years, a fine of up to $350,000, and up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2018.

As part of the plea, Kirchhoefer admitted that from October 2014 through February 2016 he entered into home remodeling contracts with home owners and requested large up front down payments where he subsequently had little or no work done on the projects.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigations and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.