One of former state Sen. Vince Fumo's computer technicians was sentenced today to two and a half years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to wipe clean office computers of e-mails being sought by federal prosecutors. Leonard Luchko pleaded guilty and was expected to testify during Fumo's trial but prosecutors decided to not call him to the stand after they learned he had been keeping in contact with Fumo.
Here's the media release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
For Immediate Release May 20, 2009
FORMER STATE SENATE COMPUTER AIDE SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR OBSTRUCTION
PHILADELPHIA - Leonard Luchko, 52, of Collingdale, PA, a former employee of Senate Democratic Computer Services, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Luchko pleaded guilty in August 2008 to 29 counts. He was a defendant in a criminal case in which former Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent J. Fumo was also a defendant.
“This sentence should sound a warning of deterrence for other employees who do the illegal bidding of their bosses,” said Magid.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John J. Pease and Robert A. Zauzmer.