Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis faces felony campaign finance charges

Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis, who is running for the U.S. Senate, was charged Tuesday with five criminal counts accusing her of taking more than $20,000 in campaign funds and false travel reimbursements from the city.

The criminal complaint said Lewis used campaign funds to attend a Florida worship conference, pay tuition for classes at Agape Love Bible College and go on family trips to Georgia and the Wisconsin Dells. She also allegedly spent campaign funds on basic personal expenses, such as car and credit card bills, vehicle repairs and rent on a Milwaukee apartment, according to the complaint.

On top of that, the complaint said Lewis made more than 20 inappropriate ATM cash withdrawals totaling $5,590.50 from her campaign fund between 2016 and 2020.