Man gets prison for pay-to-play scheme that toppled mayor

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 29, 2018 3:50 PM

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(ALLENTOWN) -- A former attorney has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for his role in a pay-to-play scheme that toppled a Pennsylvania city's mayor.

The Allentown Morning Call reports the judge rejected a request by Scott Allinson's lawyers for a sentence that would spare him prison.

Allinson was convicted in March of bribing former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski for legal work for his firm.

He told the judge Thursday he's ashamed.

Allinson will serve 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and must pay a $2,500 fine.

He was a co-defendant of Pawlowski, who was convicted of selling his office to campaign donors in a wide-ranging scheme meant to fuel his political ambitions for statewide office.

Pawlowski is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 5.

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