Opening statements to begin in Allentown mayor's trial

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 22, 2018 1:57 AM

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is facing corruption charges, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a pretrial hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Allentown) -- Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the federal corruption trial of the mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city.

Prosecutors say Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski ran a pay-to-play scheme.

He's accused of trading more than $150,000 in city contracts for campaign donations that fueled his aborted runs for governor and U.S. Senate.

The Democrat says he's innocent.

His attorney says prosecutors are peddling a "false narrative" about Pawlowski.

A jury will hear opening statements today in Allentown.

Pawlowski faces accusations of fraud, bribery, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI.

The most serious charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years each.

The mayor won re-election in November and began his fourth term this month.

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