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Pawlowski pleads not guilty in federal corruption case

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PHILADELPHIA - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski pleaded not guilty at his first court date Thursday, after being charged in an alleged pay-to-play scheme.

Through the FBI's two-year probe, Pawlowski was charged with more than 50 counts in the Allentown corruption scandal, accused of accepting more than $150,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for city business.

Prosecutors likened the scheme to putting a for-sale signs on his office.

The government specified the terms of Pawlowski's detention as follows:

  • $50,000 bond if any terms are violated
  • Must surrender passport
  • Can only travel in the eastern district of Pennsylvania, however, his scheduled vacation to Delaware in the upcoming weeks was deemed OK by the government.
  • Cannot directly discuss the case with any co-defendants
  • Must turn in any guns, cannot purchase new firearms and cannot associate with anyone who owns firearms

Pawlowski said he understood the terms of the detention and put in the plea of not guilty. His attorney, Jack McMahon, said his client is ready to fight the charges and will continue to seek a fourth term as mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city.

The former mayor of Reading was also indicted this week, accused of shaking down businesses for campaign contributions in return for city work. Vaughn Spencer is due in court Tuesday. His lawyer said he plans to fight the charges.

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