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Former Allentown mayor may face up to 15 years imprisonment

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski could serve up to 15 years imprisonment, according to a release from the prosecution on Monday. 

The pre sentencing memorandum recommends Pawlowski serve between 155 to 188 months in jail.

According to the memorandum, a federal jury convicted Pawlowski of 40 separate counts of bribery and bribery-related offenses in March 2018.

The memorandum states Pawlowski put his private interest ahead of the public's interest in good government.

According to the memorandum, "he systematically corrupted the contracting process in Allentown to serve his personal interests" and engaged in illegal pay-to-play in an effort to obtain contributions to his gubernatorial campaign and his campaign for U.S. Senate.   

The pre-sentencing memorandum cites instances of Pawlowski's illegal pay-to-play including steering contracts to companies whose representatives contributed to his campaign, soliciting bribes from lawyers, engineers and business people, seeking contracts, victimizing businesses that refused to engage in his pay-to-play scheme, infecting others in city government and corrupting the contracting process, among others. 

"The evidence presented to the jury demonstrated that Pawlowski systematically corrupted the contracting process in Allentown by soliciting bribes from individuals seeking city contracts and using other public employees to facilitate his corruption," according to the memorandum.

Additionally, the memorandum details the schemes involving companies whose representatives contributed to his campaign.  

The government also recommends the court place Pawlowski in the custody of U.S. Marshals following sentencing. 


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