May 26, 2022

A De Pere couple and two other northeastern Wisconsin residents face federal charges in connection with a scheme that prosecutors say may have caused a loss of up to $1.5 million.

Chad and Gina L. Schampers of De Pere, Nathaniel R. Smith of Oconto and Jeffrey M. O’Brien of Shawano have been indicted on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, as well as nine counts of wire fraud.

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A wire-fraud conviction carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Each wire fraud count carries maximums of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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