According to the Patriot News AG Tom Corbett announced that additional charges have been filed against former PA House Democratic Whip Mike Veon.
Former House Democratic Whip Mike Veon and a staffer were hit with additional theft and conspiracy charges following a long-term investigation into a Beaver County nonprofit Veon established.
At an afternoon news conference, Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigating grand jury found that Veon had diverted millions of dollars of state money earmarked for the Beaver Initiative for Growth for his own personal and political benefit.
The investigation was spurred by Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports questioning the contracts with consultants and other spending practices of the non profit.
The Associated Press reports Corbett says only 23 percent of the $4.7 million the nonprofit spent over a two-year period went to program expenses.
Veon faces theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest charges. Former Veon staffer Anna Marie Peretta-Rosepink is also charged.
Veon and Peretta-Rosepink already face charges in a separate corruption investigation related to bonuses allegedly paid state workers for campaign work.
Comments left at this link are extremely interesting.
Posted by agmines on 03/25/09 at 1:30PM
Sorry, I read the Grand Jury Findings, it is clear Bill DeWeese was kept out of the loop by Veon's and Eachus's hirings and employees. It was DeWeese investigators that found out about Manzo's inner workings with Veon and Manzo apologized in public that he let DeWeese down the day he was fired by DeWeese. What needs to be looked at now is how Todd Eachus is still working with Mike Veon as Majority Leader! Projects that were Veon's were alos Eachus's on Brownfields, Casino's, and taking camapaign contributions. Attorney Foreman was working for Eachus not Veon at the time of the Indictments. Something is still rotten in the Caucus but it ain't DeWeese.
Here is more on these latest developments at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
It must sound like a herd of buffalo in Harrisburg when the Indians put their ear to the ground.