Guilty - again.
So announced a Dauphin County jury earlier Monday in the second trial in as many years against former state Rep. Mike Veon, the onetime high-ranking Democrat from Beaver County.
Veon was found guilty on 10 counts of conspiracy and theft on charges that he misused taxpayer grants directed to his nonprofit, the Beaver Initiative for Growth (BIG). Also found guilty on six counts by the jury of six men and six women was Veon's former aide, Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink.
The verdict could mean more prison time for Veon, who was convicted in 2010 and handed a six-to-14 year sentence on separate charges stemming from the state Attorney General's Office's so-called "Bonusgate" investigation.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Veon used his nonprofit as a cover to divert taxpayer-funded grants to fulfill his personal and political agenda. Defense attorneys had countered that the state Attorney General's Office had failed to prove the case.
Veon, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced by Dauphin County Judge Bruce Bratton on April 18.