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AG files criminal charges in Turnpike "pay to play" case

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 13, 2013 10:35 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Attorney General's Office has filed charges against a former state Senate leader and seven others in what's being called a "pay to play" case involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday they are accused of criminal activity for their financial and political advantage.

The defendants include former state Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow, former turnpike chairman Mitchell Rubin, former turnpike chief executive Joe Brimmeier and three other former turnpike employees.

The other defendants are two turnpike vendors.

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Defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike 'Pay to Play' investigation.

The allegations include conspiracy, commercial bribery, bid rigging, theft and conflict of interest.

The announcement was made ahead of a news conference by Kane and state police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

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  • Steve Todd img 2013-03-13 10:51

    Bravo to the brave whistleblowers. Maybe your move will inspire others in the public sector to come forward when they see this. The Turnpike is not the only place this happens. Check out your own local and county leaders' campaign finance reports.

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