By Ian Simpson; Edited by Michael Perry (Reuters)
(Reuters) – The long-serving mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-most populous city was convicted on Thursday on federal charges he shook down vendors for campaign funds, a U.S. prosecutor and local media reported.
Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski, who took office in 2006 and was re-elected last year while under indictment, was convicted of 47 charges in the“pay-to-play” scheme and not guilty of seven, the Allentown Morning Call and the lehighvalleylive.com website reported.
“The jury has held Mayor Pawlowski accountable for selling his office to the highest bidder to fund his personal ambitions,” U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen said in a statement. (FULL ARTICLE)