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2 more plead guilty in Allentown FBI probe

2 more plead guilty in Allentown FBI...

Two more executives have pleaded guilty to corruption in an FBI investigation into an alleged pay-to-play scheme at Allentown's City Hall.

According to court documents obtained by WFMZ, Mark Neisser and Patrick Regan have both pleaded guilty to one federal count.

Neisser is a former business development executive at T&M Associates and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. T&M Associates is a New Jersey-based engineering firm that had several contracts with the city of Allentown.

According to court documents, T&M created a political action committee to make campaign donations to elected officials. Court records state some of that money was given to "Public Official #3," which fits only the description of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, in exchange for city contracts.

Records show T&M Associates also did work in Reading, where a simliar pay-to-play scheme was investigated by the FBI.

Neisser was named in a previous guilty plea entered by Pawlowski's former campaign manager, Mike Fleck.

The second defendant, Patrick Regan, worked for The Efficiency Network and was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Regan's company was hired to upgrade Allentown's streetlights. According to court documents, he conspired with former Allentown Managing Director Francis Dougherty to give The Efficiency Network those contracts.

Both Regan and Neisser pleaded guilty during unannounced hearings in the past few months.

A total of nine people have now pleaded guilty in the pay-to-play scheme.

Although he has been implicated by most of those, Mayor Pawlowski has not been charged and has maintained his innocence.


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