Pa. developer pleads guilty to bribery conspiracy

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 11, 2015 1:23 AM

Construction workers build the new PPL Center on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown. The city's new hockey arena opened in September 2014. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

(Allentown) -- The mayor of Allentown is denying that he ever accepted a bribe or misused his office. 

An attorney for Mayor Ed Pawlowski has issued a statement after a developer pleaded guilty in federal court to a bribery conspiracy charge. 

Forty-five-year-old Ramzi Haddad of Bethlehem pleaded guilty to allegations that he gave financial support to Pawlowski's U.S. Senate campaign in return for the mayor's help in his dealings with the city. 

Pawlowski's attorney, Mark Schamel, says in a statement Haddad "received nothing from Mayor Pawlowski in exchange for legal campaign contributions.''

The statement calls Pawlowski a ``trusted public servant.'' 

Pawlowski suspended his Senate candidacy in July, days after the FBI raided Allentown City Hall.

He hasn't been charged with a crime.  

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