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Pennsylvania lawmaker pleads not guilty in gambling probe

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 2, 2016 10:40 AM
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(Gibsonia) -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker accused of using his political influence to benefit an illegal video gambling ring has pleaded not guilty.

Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely appeared Wednesday at his arraignment before a district judge in the Pittsburgh suburbs. He signed a document but didn't speak.

State prosecutors say Gergely was a key cog in an illegal video gambling operation that had some 335 machines at 70 restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and other locations outside Pittsburgh.

The seven-term lawmaker is one of more than a dozen people charged in the case.

The 46-year-old Gergely faces three felonies, including dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity and two counts of corrupt organizations, plus three misdemeanors.

Defense attorney Charles Porter Jr. says ``We are not going to try it in the media, we'll do our talking in court.''

An earlier story is below:

A state lawmaker accused of using his political influence to benefit an illegal video gambling ring is set to be arraigned.

Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely is scheduled to appear before a district judge in the Pittsburgh suburbs Wednesday.

State prosecutors say Gergely was a key cog in an illegal video gambling operation that had some 335 machines at 70 restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and other locations outside Pittsburgh.

More than a dozen people have been charged including the 46-year-old Gergely, a seven-term lawmaker.

Gergely faces three felonies, including dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity and two counts of corrupt organizations, plus three misdemeanors.

Gergely has yet to comment on the allegations and doesn't have an attorney listed in online court records.

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