Former Harrisburg mayor to be charged today

Written by WITF Staff Report | Jul 14, 2015 5:37 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster


(Harrisburg) -- Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed is expected to be charged today in connection to the city's past financial dealings.

A grand jury has recommended charges against him.

He is slated to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. today.

There is no word on what charges he will be facing, but more details are expected to be released today.

The grand jury has been looking into the city of Harrisburg's past financial deals that spurred state legislative reforms and led to debt of more than $300 million for the city.

Last month, law enforcement personnel raided Reed's home.

Reed caught flak for paying an estimated $30 million for objects to fill a series of museums he wanted to build.

Just one came to fruition and the 10,000 objects meant for the others have since been auctioned at a financial loss.

Reed, who says he has stage four prostate cancer, was in office for 28 years.

His tenure was marked by the city's partial revival, but marred by its buckling under massive debt as the recession hit.

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