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Democratic state senator charged with ward election plot

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2016 4:45 AM
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State Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) --  Federal prosecutors are accusing a Democratic state senator of using campaign money to bribe a ward official by paying for her daughter's college study abroad.

Senator Larry Farnese of Philadelphia has been charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and violations of the Travel Act.

Prosecutors say he secured support for his candidacy in a ward election by paying $6,000 toward the study program.

The ward official, Ellen Chapman, also was charged.

The election concerned Farnese's 2011 candidacy to lead Philadelphia's eighth ward.

His lawyer Greg Harvey declined comment and Farnese didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Farnese was first elected to the Senate in 2008.

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