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Allentown | Latest Developments

Pawlowski's attorney files to un-freeze campaign assets

According to court paperwork filed by Jack McMahon, Ed Pawlowski's attorney, Pawlowski's mayoral and Senate campaign assets were frozen in April, in connection with campaign consultant Mike Fleck's indictment

One year later a look at the FBI s probe into Allentown

One year later: a look at the FBI's probe in Allentown

One year ago, on July 2nd 2015, a giant cloud formed over Allentown City Hall and it's been lingering ever since. FBI agents stormed the government building, handed down a federal subpoena and search warrant, and took in city officials for questioning

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Sentencings delayed for 3 convicted in feds' Allentown probe

The federal court sentencings have been delayed for three people convicted in a federal corruption investigation in Allentown

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Executive admits to bribing Allentown, Reading mayors

The president of an engineering firm that, federal prosecutors said, was a target of pay-to-play schemes in both Allentown and Reading has admitted to bribing leaders of those two cities.

Michael Fleck walk after guilty plea

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Mayors' former campaign manager pleads guilty

The former campaign manager for the mayors of both Allentown and Reading has pleaded guilty to a pair of federal charges that stem from the FBI investigation of both cities.

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FBI returns to Reading

FBI agents return to Reading City Hall

The FBI-- inside Reading City Hall, again. Mayor Wally Scott called agents to further investigate so-called "buddy system" deals he says could have been made by the city's previous administration.

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Reading mayor: 'There's something wrong here'

FBI agents were once again walking the halls of Reading City Hall on Tuesday.

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FBI returns to Reading; 'We need help,' mayor says

FBI agents made the rounds in Reading City Hall again on Tuesday, continuing their investigation of what has been described as pay-to-play politics.

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Executive admits to bribing Allentown, Reading mayors

The president of an engineering firm that, federal prosecutors said, was a target of pay-to-play schemes in both Allentown and Reading has admitted to bribing leaders of those two cities.

Reading Mayor, Vaughn Spencer

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Feds: Donor agreed to help Reading mayor after election loss

The president of a Lehigh County-based engineering firm has admitted to contributing thousands of dollars to the re-election campaign of then-Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer in an effort to be rewarded with city contracts, according to federal prosecutors.

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Reading mayor: 'There's something wrong here'

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FBI agents were once again walking the halls of Reading City Hall on Tuesday.

FBI returns to Reading; 'We need help,' mayor says

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FBI agents made the rounds in Reading City Hall again on Tuesday, continuing their investigation of what has been described as pay-to-play politics.

Spencer attorney: 'Mike Fleck is a liar'

Spencer attorney Mike Fleck is a liar

The onetime campaign manager for former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer pleaded guilty Thursday to a pair of federal charges that stem from the FBI investigation of both cities.

Document: US vs. Michael Fleck

Mayors' former campaign manager pleads guilty

Michael Fleck walk after guilty plea

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The former campaign manager for the mayors of both Allentown and Reading has pleaded guilty to a pair of federal charges that stem from the FBI investigation of both cities.

Why is mayor's defense team speaking out now?

Why is Pawlowski s team speaking out now

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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's legal team agreed to speak with 69 News for the first time since the July 2 raid at Allentown City Hall, uncovering a federal corruption probe, but why now?

Uncut video: Pawlowski's attorney on FBI probe

Jack McMahon

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's attorney, Jack McMahon, spoke with WFMZ's Jaccii Farris on March 2 about the ongoing FBI investigation at city hall.

Pawlowski's attorney speaks out on FBI probe

Pawlowski s attorney speaks out on FBI probe

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For months, the feds have been doing the talking as one indictment after another comes down in a corruption investigation at Allentown City Hall.

Ex-Reading council president reports to prison

Francis Acosta

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A former Reading City Council president has begun serving time in prison.

Ex-FBI agent offers insight into city hall probe

Ex-FBI agent offers insight into city hall probe

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With the FBI back in Reading, a retired agent is offering some insight on the ongoing investigation.

FBI investigators return to Reading City Hall

Federal investigation into Reading expands

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Federal investigators are widening their probe into Reading City Hall.

Ex-council president gets prison for taking bribe

Francis Acosta

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Former Reading City Council President Francis Acosta has learned the price he'll pay for taking a bribe from the city's then-mayor.

Ex-council president set to appear in federal court

Francis Acosta sentencing

Reading's former city council president will learn Monday the price he'll pay after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.

Former Reading council president set to be sentenced

Francis Acosta set to be sentenced

Former Reading City Council President Francis Acosta is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for taking a bribe from a former mayor.

Embattled mayor makes case to Allentown council

Embattled mayor makes case to Allentown City Council

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This week, Allentown City Council is expected to formally ask embattled Mayor Ed Pawlowski to step down.

Former Allentown controller charged in conspiracy

Allentown controller Mary Ellen Koval resigns

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Mary Ellen Koval, who resigned her position last week, was charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud in connection with the ongoing FBI probe of Allentown City Hall.

Allentown's former finance director pleads guilty

Garret Strathearn pleads guilty

Allentown's former finance director has pleaded guilty to rigging a city contract.

Allentown's former controller to appear in court

Allentown controller Mary Ellen Koval resigns

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Former Allentown Controller Mary Ellen Koval is expected to appear in federal court on Thursday, related to the ongoing federal corruption probe at Allentown City Hall, according to a source close to the investigation.

Allentown council members losing faith in city's mayor

Allentown council members losing faith in city s mayor

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A dark cloud over Allentown City Hall seems to be getting darker, and with that, more people are looking to the city's top leader, calling on him to resign from office.

Reading City Council reacts to mayor's aide's guilty plea

Reading City Council reacts to mayor s aide s guilty plea

Eron Lloyd, a former aide to Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, pleaded guilty Monday to federal bribery charges

Ex-Reading city aide pleads guilty to federal bribery charges

Two charged in Allentown Reading federal investigation

A former aide to Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer pleaded guilty Monday to federal bribery charges.

Ex-aide's guilty plea further implicates Allentown mayor

Ex-aide s guilty plea further implicates Allentown mayor

A former assistant city solicitor for Allentown pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges Monday as the FBI's investigation into the city continues

Ex-Reading council president's sentencing delayed

Francis Acosta

The former president of Reading City Council will have to wait until the new year to learn the price he'll pay for taking a bribe.

Federal investigation into Allentown expands

Federal investigation into Allentown expands

According to an email obtained by 69 News, Allentown city employees were asked to preserve documents and communications related to eight additional persons and entities

Members of Allentown City Council react to guilty plea

Members of Allentown s City Council react

Members of Allentown's city council were present at a previously scheduled meeting to discuss a proposal that would change how the city approves contracts

Document: US vs. Ramzi Haddad

Feds implicate Allentown mayor as recipient of bribes

Feds implicate Allentown mayor as recipient of bribes

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been implicated by federal investigators as the recipient of bribes paid by a Bethlehem entrepreneur in an alleged "pay-to-play" scheme.
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Acosta's attorney identifies others in federal bribery case

Acosta s attorney identifies others in federal bribery case

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The attorney for Reading's embattled former council president said Thursday that his client is full of remorse.

Many questions, few answers from Allentown City Council

Many questions but few answers from Allentown City Council

On Wednesday night the city without limits was a city without answers

Acosta resigns as Reading council president; fellow members respond

Reading City Council meeting

Francis Acosta, pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery offenses, resigned his position as president of Reading City Council on Wednesday.

Reading City Council president admits taking bribe to repeal law

Francis Acosta

Weeks after an FBI raid of Reading City Hall, the city council's president has stepped down after admitting he took a bribe to repeal the city's ethics law, according to federal prosecutors.

Feds grant Allentown more time to submit documents

Feds grant Allentown more time to submit required documents

Allentown city officials asked for more time and got it to get together all the information that's being collected in connection with a federal probe.

Pa. Dems broke contract with political consultant days before FBI raid

Michael Fleck

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Just days before the FBI raided Allentown City Hall, Pennsylvania's Democratic leaders severed their ties with political consultant Mike Fleck.

Reading releases copies of federal subpoena, search warrant

Reading City Hall

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The city of Reading released copies Wednesday of a federal search and seizure warrant and subpoena served on City Hall earlier this month.

Reading acknowledges receipt of 69 News' Right-to-Know request

Reading City Hall

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The city of Reading has formally acknowledged receipt of a Right-to-Know request submitted by 69 News on July 13.

Reports: Indictments could be next step in city hall investigations

Target letters reportedly sent to some in FBI probe

Target letters are reportedly being sent to some of the people or entities named in the grand jury subpoenas served at city halls in Reading and Allentown.

Allentown City Council convenes for first time since FBI raid

Allentown City Council convenes for first time since FBI

Members of Allentown City Council are convening for the first time since the FBI raid at City Hall on July 2

DC lobbyist: Pennsylvania 'really needs a pay to play law'

DC lobbyist Pennsylvania really needs a pay to play law

We've been hearing much about "pay to play" politics since FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall earlier this month.

Subpoena sheds light on FBI raid in Reading

FBI at Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer's home

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What were FBI agents looking for when they converged on Reading City Hall and the home of the city's mayor last week?

Political consultant cooperating with FBI, sources say

Michael Fleck

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A consultant for Mayor Ed Pawlowski's U.S. Senate campaign, Michael Fleck, abruptly left his Allentown home last week, and now we may know why.

Pawlowski speaks out as ground is broken for Butz Corporate Center

Pawlowski speaks out as ground is broken for Butz Corporate

Amidst a FBI investigation, it was business as usual in the City of Allentown as Mayor Ed Pawlowski attended a groundbreaking Tuesday for the Butz Corporate Center

Reading mayor seemingly not surprised by FBI recordings

Reading mayor seemingly not surprised by FBI recordings

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New details surrounding the federal investigation that sent agents to Allentown and Reading city halls emerged Tuesday.

Conversations with mayors recorded for FBI, sources say

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Conversations between political consultant Mike Fleck and the mayors of Allentown and Reading were recorded for the FBI, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Allentown releases FBI subpoena for city hall

Allentown releases FBI city hall subpeona

The city of Allentown released Tuesday the grand jury subpoena served on city officials when federal agents raided city hall July 2.

Reading auditor: FBI seized all city contracts from start of 2012

Reading City Hall

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Reading City Hall returned to business as usual Monday, 72 hours after FBI agents searched a number of offices, including that of the mayor.

Allentown mayor reacts to FBI's search of Reading City Hall

Allentown mayor reacts to FBI s search of Reading City Hall

Federal agents searched several offices at Allentown City Hall last week and questioned Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who, like Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, is a client of political consultant Mike Fleck.

Images: FBI search of Reading City Hall

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FBI agents several Reading City Hall offices, including that of Mayor Vaughn Spencer, on Fri., July 10, 2015.

FBI seizes files from Reading City Hall, searches mayor's home

FBI at Reading City Hall

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FBI agents searched a number of Reading City Hall offices on Friday, including that of the city's mayor and solicitor.

Political consultants' clients seek answers after FBI raid

Political consultants clients seek answers after FBI raid

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New details continue to emerge about a local political consultant who appeared to be planning to skip town after the FBI raided Allentown City Hall.

Amid investigation, Pawlowski's campaign manager appears to be on move

Pawlowski s campaign manager on the move

Michael Fleck most recently was in charge of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's campaign for U.S. Senate. That campaign was stalled this week in light of the investigation, after the mayor said he wanted to "fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown."

Allentown City Hall back to work, but still mum on FBI probe

Allentown City Hall back to work but still mum on FBI probe

The holiday weekend is over, but the investigation into what's going on in there apparently is not.

Breakdown of federal grand jury investigation

Breakdown of federal grand jury investigation

The information collected by the FBI at City Hall in Allentown is part of a larger federal grand jury investigation.

Does Pawlowski's campaign suspension spell end of Capitol Hill dreams?

Does Pawlowski s campaign suspension spell end

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is putting his campaign for U.S. Senate on hold just days after federal agents searched city hall

Ed Pawlowski suspends U.S. Senate campaign

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski expected to announce run

In a statement released Monday night, Pawlowski said he suspended his campaign for U.S. Senate to "fully focus on assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since."

FBI questions Allentown mayor, top manager amid federal probe

Allentown mayor throws his hat in race for US Senate

Agents took files & hard drives from the mayor's office, controller's office and IT department Thursday, according to the city solicitor.

Allentown issues statement on federal investigation

Allentown City Hall

Allentown on Friday issued a statement about a federal investigation that saw FBI agents collecting subpoenaed documents from City Hall on Thursday, in addition to questioning the mayor and managing director.

FBI officials investigating at Allentown City Hall

Allentown City Hall

City solicitor Susan Wild said investigators had 'complete access' to Allentown's offices including that of the mayor.

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