HD-35: Gergely Hit With Gambling Charges

GergelyState Rep. Marc Gergely has been charged on six counts of corruption.

According to Bill Schackner and Andrew Goldstein of the Post-Gazette, an arrest warrant against Gergely was filed last Thursday.

The State Representative allegedly aided Ronald “Porky” Melocchi’s installation of video poker machines.

“The charges include three felonies,” Schackner and Goldstein write. “Two counts of corrupt organization and one count of dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity; as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal attempt related to gambling devices, conspiracy related to gambling devices and a violation of election law.”

Gergely was caught discussing a complaint his legislative office received about the machines with Melocchi in 2012 by an FBI wiretap.

Despite the charges Gergely is not required to resign, although he must relinquish his spot as ranking member on the Labor & Industry Committee.

The 35th district is located in Allegheny County.

11 Responses

  1. Chucky Porter (Steve Zap’s old law partner) is in the thick of this one , already defending one of the accused. Porter’s law firm is one of th go-to firms for defense of criminal cases with mob defendants. but i suspect this case was never offered to the Allegheny county DA’s office if the wiretaps and grand jury were FBI or PA AG office.

  2. “You can’t blame Kathy Kane on this one.”

    Sure you can. She has been AG since January 15, 2013. The wiretap by the FBI was in November 2012. She was most likely AG at the time that the wiretap was turned over to the AG’s office and she’s been the only AG since then.

  3. And why file at the very end of the statute of limitations? The state waited for the Allegheny County D.A. To pass, kick, run or take a knee but could not wait until the clock ran out. You can’t blame Kathy Kane on this one.

  4. Okay. Run it backwards. Gergely was Porky’s man. Porky was Duffy Conley’s man. Duffy bought the Mon Valley route from the Count and Sam Strangis who were associates of Mikey Genovese (yep, that family), and who owns, owns, the mon valley rackets even now that their name has been sanitized? You got it…the Bazzano-Zappala-Porter mafia. So what is old is new. MURDER INC. “Like us on Facebook.”

  5. What? Another PA Dem getting arrested?! Who would’ve thought! Ha…. what is this, like #231823 in the last 2 years? Wonder when people will learn.

  6. What took so long? Phone call intercept in 2012 and arrest warrant in 2016. Will they be indicting the judges that got caught on the intercepts, too? Surely, Family Division got a few.

  7. Oh he’s a democrat. Big surprise. That’s McCord, Kane, and the 3 from Philadelphia. All democrats. Wake up people.

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