Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Corrupt Receipt Of A Reward For Official Action

That's the charge an authority member and businessman plead guilty to yesterday in a Scranton federal court. Jennifer Learn-Andes writes in the Times Leader

Former Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority Director Allen Bellas and area business owner Richard Emanski both pleaded guilty in federal court in Scranton Tuesday on unrelated charges connected to the ongoing corruption probe.

Bellas, 60, of Kingston, pleaded to corrupt receipt of a reward for official action. Emanski, 66, of Harveys Lake, pleaded to corrupt payment of a reward for official action.

Bellas acknowledged that he accepted $2,000 from a construction contractor in 2008 in exchange for helping the contractor secure approval of a program that funds some development costs.

SOP wonders out loud how many more authorities should be investigated for similar crimes. Stay tuned.

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