Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Corruption Trial Tallies Divorce Legal Bills

Divorce is difficult. So imagine going through a divorce, getting indicted on federal corruption charges and then sitting in a courtroom as your former divorce attorney and a prosecutor page through your expanding legal bills while a jury ponders your fate. That's the kind of afternoon Chris Wright, the former chief of staff for City Councilman Jack Kelly is having.

Corruption Trial Tallies Divorce Legal Bills

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Divorce is difficult.  So imagine going through a divorce, getting indicted on federal corruption charges and then sitting in a courtroom as your former divorce attorney and a prosecutor page through your expanding legal bills while a jury ponders your fate.  That's the kind of afternoon Chris Wright, the former chief of staff for City Councilman Jack Kelly is having.

Prosecutors say Wright was bribed in part with free legal work on his divorce from Andrew Teitelman, Kelly's campaign treasurer, after Wright gave up on an expensive attorney.  The first attorney, now testifying, burned through Wright's $5,000 retainer in under two months.  Wright's bill rose to more than $6,700 before he terminated her services.

Wright's estranged wife has told the Daily News she was interviewed four times in 2007 by FBI agents investigating his relationship with Teitelman and brothers Hardeep and Ravinder Chawla, two real estate developers.  Teitelman, a friend of Wright's, represents many of the Chawla family businesses.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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