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Ex-mayoral consultant sentenced to 18 months on fraud counts

Written by The Associated Press | May 2, 2018 1:30 PM
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(ALLENTOWN) -- A former consultant to a Pennsylvania mayor convicted of trading city contracts for campaign cash has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Fifty-five-year-old James Hickey was sentenced Wednesday in federal court on December guilty pleas to honest services wire fraud and mail fraud.

Prosecutors said he helped steer a $3 million Allentown street light contract to a client after campaign contributions and conspired to rig bids for a Reading contract.

The Allentown Morning Call reports that Hickey told the judge that he regretted his actions and had ``taken ownership and responsibility'' for them.

Former Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski awaits sentencing on convictions including bribery, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI.

He stepped down after a dozen years, and a former council president now serves as acting mayor.

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