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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 07:44 PM
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10 charged in Pa. legislative probe
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Posted: November 13
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10 charged in Pa. legislative probe
Former House speaker among those charged with using tax money on computer software to aid campaigns.

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG A former House speaker, an ex-lawmaker and eight aides Thursday became the latest and the first Republicans to be charged in a three-year-old investigation into the diversion of public resources and employees to legislative campaigns.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said that individuals within the House GOP caucus spent millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology to gain an upper hand in campaigns, and that investigators can prove that some high-ranking officials and their employees tried to cover up their part.

The charges of theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest and obstruction of justice, and an accompanying 188-page grand jury report, were released Thursday, and the defendants were scheduled to turn themselves in today at a Dauphin County district judges office.

The most prominent defendant is state Rep. John M. Perzel, R-Philadelphia, who served as speaker for nearly four years and as majority leader for nearly a decade before that.

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