Perjury. Bribery. Running pay-for-play operations out of city government offices. Offering favorable treatment in exchange for sex.
These are just some of the activities employed by once-powerful public officials in Pennsylvania. They were given the public trust – along with enviable salaries and benefits – and abused their positions, prosecutors say.
Here’s a look at public figures who ended up in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system in 2018.
A note: Most on this list have been convicted or pleaded guilty. A few individuals have been charged but their cases have not been resolved.
The former Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane began her prison term after nearly two years of delays.
Kane was convicted in 2016 of leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it. But she had appealed the sentence and then sought to delay when she had to go to jail. Her legal avenues exhausted, Kane reported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in November.
Kane’s imprisonment caps one of the more remarkable sagas in Pennsylvania politics in years.
At one time, she was viewed as a rising star in the Democratic party. She was the first woman elected attorney general when voters overwhelmingly chose her in 2012. Less than four years later, she resigned after her perjury conviction.
She is serving a sentence of 10 to 23 months in prison.
In October, former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges. He was convicted by a jury in March.
His conviction and prison term comes after a lengthy federal investigation of the city governments of Allentown and Reading. Several other officials in both cities have been convicted or entered plea agreements.
Prosecutors say Pawlowski made it clear that those who wanted city contracts had to give to his political campaigns.
Pawlowski at one point was a U.S. Senate candidate but he abandoned his campaign as the investigation gained steam.
“Ed Pawlowski sold the city of Allentown out,” said Michael T. Harpster, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division.
“He used his position as mayor to further his political career, coolly embracing the practice of ‘pay to play,'” Harpster said. “Though his actions have sorely betrayed the public trust, Pawlowski has expressed neither regret nor remorse.”