Ex-Reading mayor due in court on corruption charges

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2017 7:15 AM

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (left) and Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer (Images via Seven Points Consulting/Wikipedia Creative Commons and Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

(Philadelphia) -- A former mayor of Reading is due in court on federal corruption charges.

Democrat Vaughn Spencer is scheduled to appear in federal court in Philadelphia this afternoon.

Spencer is accused of engaging in a series of pay-to-play schemes in which he allegedly sold the power of his office in exchange for campaign contributions.

His awyer has said he intends to fight the charges.

Prosecutors say he made clear to businesses and individuals that city contracts would be withheld if they didn't provide sufficient campaign contributions.

Spencer also is accused of bribing the city council president to repeal an anti-corruption statute.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski pleaded not guilty to similar charges last week

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