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Ex-Pa. Rep. Veon convicted in corruption trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A jury has convicted former Pennsylvania House Democratic whip Mike Veon in his second corruption trial.

The six-man, six-woman panel found the former Beaver County lawmaker guilty of theft, conspiracy, conflict of interest on Monday.

Veon, 55, and co-defendant Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink, the former manager of his district legislative office in Beaver Falls, were accused of misusing state grant money awarded to a nonprofit run by Veon.

Veon used taxpayers' money to pay rent on his legislative offices and provide a $4,000-a-month retainer to the Harrisburg law firm of his legislative chief of staff that required little or no work, prosecutors said.

Veon is already serving at least six years in prison on his 2010 conviction for using more than $1 million in taxpayers' money for bonuses to reward legislative employees for campaign work.

Perretta-Rosepink was convicted of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest. She has yet to serve a three- to six-month jail term for her conviction in the 2010 trial.


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