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Pre-trial hearing for former Reading officials charged in pay-to-play scheme

PHILADELPHIA - Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer and former Reading School Board President Rebecca Acosta have a court date Monday ahead of their pay-to-play trial.

There's a pre-trial hearing scheduled Monday morning in Philadelphia at 10 a.m.

Spencer is facing nine counts of bribery and a single count each of honest services wire fraud and conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty.

An indictment against Spencer accuses him of seeking campaign contributions from businesses and individuals in exchange for city contracts.

Acosta is accused of obtaining inside information about a Reading School District construction project. Authorities say Spencer asked her for the information so he could pass it along to a business consultant in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Spencer and Acosta are set to go to trial on Aug. 20.


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