Rendell aide convicted of corruption surrenders law license

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 24, 2017 9:14 AM

FILE PHOTO: John Estey, center. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Ardmore) -- A onetime top aide to former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell who pleaded guilty to pocketing thousands of dollars in supposed campaign contributions in an FBI sting has now surrendered his law license.

The state Supreme Court's disciplinary board says John Estey, of Ardmore, will be disbarred March 25.

His attorney, Ronald Levine, says Estey voluntarily surrendered his law license, but declined further comment.

The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to wire fraud in May after telling FBI agents in 2011 that lawmakers would help a fake company the agents set up in exchange for $20,000 in campaign contributions.

Agents first approached Estey in 2009, after he had left Rendell's administration.

He is scheduled for sentencing April 11 by a federal judge in Harrisburg.

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