Monday, July 28, 2014
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Fourth official faces sentencing in corruption case

Rebecca Kiefer, the fourth Bucks County official charged in the political corruption case that rocked the Register of Wills office last year, was expected to be sentenced Tuesday to three to six months in county prison.

Fourth official faces sentencing in corruption case

Rebecca Kiefer, the fourth Bucks County official charged in the political corruption case that rocked the Register of Wills office last year, was expected to be sentenced Tuesday to three to six months in county prison.

Kiefer, the second deputy to longtime Register of Wills Barbara Reilly, admitted last year that she had forced office employees to work the polls on Election Day for Republican candidates, paid them with unauthorized comp time, tried to cover it up, and stole cash from copying.

Third Assistant Candace Quinn received the same sentence for carrying out the system of political conscription that Reilly instituted during her 35-year reign. Quinn also was ordered to serve a year's probation, complete 500 hours of community service, and repay the county $6,533 for the illegal comp time.

Reilly, 75, of Bensalem, faced less serious charges and is serving six months' house arrest, which Philadelphia Judge John Braxton ordered instead of a prison term because of her age and health. Braxton handled the politically charged case to avoid any possible conflicts of interest.  

The fourth official charged in the case, First Deputy James McCullen, 76 of Bristol, received two years' probation after pleading guilty last year, because his role in the scandal was considered minor.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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