Former Republican Pennsylvania House Speaker Pleads Guilty to Corruption

Posted by | August 31, 2011 14:41 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Mr. Right

The former PA House speaker is the highest ranking official to admit guilt in a four-and-a-half year probe.

Ex-Rep. John Perzel entered the plea Wednesday to two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft and four counts of conspiracy. He left the courthouse without commenting, but said in an e-mailed statement that he bore responsibility for improprieties in the spending of money he oversaw.

Prosecutors say Perzel was at the center of a scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology for the benefit of GOP political campaigns.

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