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PA Turnpike Commission picks ex-FBI bureau chief to clean up image

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 8, 2014 10:13 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has hired a former FBI official as its new inspector general. 

Eager to repair its public image amid an ongoing corruption investigation, the commission says Ray Morrow, the former chief of the Pittsburgh FBI office, is responsible for investigating reports of theft, fraud and waste. 

Eight people, including former top turnpike employees, vendors and one former legislative leader, were charged last year in connection with alleged bid rigging and influence peddling. 

In September, the agency's last inspector general, Anthony Maniscola, said political influence, patronage and pay-to-play contracting continue to be pervasive. He urged that it be placed under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  

This story was updated at 1:47 p.m. on 1/8/14

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is hiring a former FBI official to oversee an internal investigation aimed at cleaning up its image.

Spokesman Carl DeFebo confirmed Wednesday that Ray Morrow, the former chief of the Pittsburgh FBI office, will scrutinize alleged theft, fraud and waste within the agency.

Eight people, including former top turnpike employees, vendors and one former legislative leader, were charged last year in connection with alleged bid rigging and influence peddling.

In September, the commission's former inspector general, Anthony Maniscola, said political influence, patronage and pay-to-play contracting remain pervasive at the agency. He urged that it be placed under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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