The operation started in 2010 by the Attorney General Tom Corbett, was dubbed “too flawed to prosecute” by current AG Kathleen Kane.
According to the Craig McCoy and Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer, “Waters pocketed the most money from the undercover operative of any of the five politicians caught up in the sting – $8,250 in eight payments. In the documents, Brown is described as having received the second most – $5,000, in six payments.”
Waters, 64, coasted to his ninth term this November in a district containing parts of Philadelphia and Delaware counties. He is expected to negotiate a plea deal, pleading guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping his bribery charge. This is key because while the felony conviction would bar him from office, a bribery conviction would take away his pension.
His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., said Waters will turn himself in Tuesday morning.
Brown, 48 is the chair of the legislative black caucus and also sailed to victory last November. January would mark her 4th term representing Western Philadelphia. Brown’s respective attorney Luther Weaver III, provided no comment about his client’s involvement and next steps.
Both Waters and Brown make $84,012 annually as legislators.