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Details emerge in pay-to-play turnpike scheme that nets eight

The announcement today of the indictments of eight individuals including the highest ranking Democrat in the Pennsylvania Senate and both the former CEO and chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Details emerge in pay-to-play turnpike scheme that nets eight

The announcement today by Attorney General Kathleen Kane of the indictments against eight individuals, including the former highest ranking Democrat in the Pennsylvania Senate and both the former CEO and chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has political junkies buzzing.

Hungry for specifics? Look no further.

Start with the Inquirer's story from today. (Read more in tomorrow's Inquirer)

Charged today were:

- Former Senate Democratic leader Robert Mellow, 70, of Archbald, is charged with two counts corrupt organizations, two counts of restricted activities, one count of commercial bribery, one count of unlawful bid-rigging, one count of restricted activities, one count of criminal conspiracy, and one count of failure to file expense account.

 

- Ex-Turnpike Commission chairman Mitchell Rubin, 61, of Philadelphia, is charged with three counts of unlawful bid rigging, two counts corrupt organizations, two counts of restricted activities, one count commercial bribery, and one count of criminal conspiracy.

 

- Ex Turnpike CEO Joseph Brimmeier, 64, of Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts corrupt organizations, two counts of unlawful bid-rigging, two counts of restricted activities, one count of commercial bribery, one count of criminal attempt, and one count of criminal conspiracy.

 

-Ex-Turnpike COO George Hatalowich, 47, of  Harrisburg, is charged with seven counts of restricted activities, three counts of unlawful bid-rigging, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of commercial bribery, one count of criminal attempt, and one count of criminal conspiracy.

 

- Ex-Turnpike vendor Dennis Miller, 51, of Harrisburg, is charged with one count of unlawful bid-rigging, one count of theft by unlawful taking, one count of theft by deception, one count of restricted activities, and one count of criminal conspiracy.

 

- Ex-Turnpike consultant Jeffrey Suzenski, 63, of Pottstown is charged with one count of restricted activities.

 

- Ex-Turnpike employee Melvin Shelton, 81, of Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by deception, two counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions, one count of unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, one count of perjury, one count of false swearing,

 

- Ex-Turnpike employee Raymond Zajicek, 67, of Tarpon Springs, FL, is charged with two counts theft by unlawful taking, two counts theft by deception, two counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions, one count of unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, and one count of simple assault.

Read the scandal-filled, 85-page grand jury presentment here. Play the new Harrisburg parlor game: Who are those unnamed pols?

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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