Democratic state lawmaker charged in illegal gambling probe

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2016 9:49 AM


(Harrisburg) -- Prosecutors say a Democratic state lawmaker helped an acquaintance expand his illegal video gambling business into restaurants and other new locations.  

State prosecutors have charged Representative Marc Gergely  with three felonies, including dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity and two counts of corrupt organizations.

He also faces three misdemeanors. 

The 46-year-old Gergely is the ranking Democrat on the House Labor and Industry Committee. 

The Pittsburgh-area lawmaker didn't respond to a message left at his White Oak office, and online court records don't name a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.  

Gergely joined the House in 2003 and is serving his seventh term.

The acquaintance, Ronald "Porky'' Melocchi, was sentenced last year to 10 years' probation.

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