Breaking: Perzel to Plead Guilty

Former House Speaker John Perzel will plead guilty to charges of using taxpayer money for campaign purposes, reports Angela Couloumbis of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Perzel’s intention to plead guilty is contained in an order issued by Dauphin County Court Judge Richard Lewis, the trial judge in the case.

Prosecutors from the state Attorney General’s Office had alleged that Perzel and the other defendants, including another former lawmaker, Brett Feese of Lycoming County, used as much as $10 million in taxpayer money to fund campaign activities.

Among the charges: using the House Republican information-services office to develop computer software programs that targeted political opponents, including Republican lawmakers who had not voted as Perzel directed, according to the grand jury report.

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Perzel’s plea signals the end of an era, and the culmination of years of the Bonusgate investigation.

August 30th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg | No Comments