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AG: Former mayor Stephen Reed spent millions of taxpayer dollars, ran a corrupt organization

Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed spent millions of taxpayer dollars building a menagerie of obscure items — including a vampire-hunting kit and a buffalo head — as he ran a corrupt organization, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said during a news conference today.

Reed faces 499 counts in 17 categories:

  • 2 counts of corrupt organizations
  • 2 counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities
  • 2 counts of theft
  • 20 counts of theft by receiving stolen property (second-degree felony)
  • 20 counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (second-degree felony)
  • 1 count of theft by deception (second-degree felony)
  • 7 counts of bribery in official and political matters
  • 29 counts of theft by receiving stolen property (third-degree felony)
  • 29 counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (third-degree felony)
  • 3 counts of theft of services
  • 1 count of theft by deception (third-degree felony)
  • 110 counts of theft by receiving stolen property (first-degree misdemeanor)
  • 110 counts of theft by unlawful taking (first-degree misdemeanor)
  • 158 counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government financial institutions
  • 1 counts of deceptive business practices
  • 3 counts of criminal solicitation
  • 1 count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence

Reed released a statement about the charges against him: “I am concerned that misperceptions and politics are intertwined in these accusations. I regard service as mayor to be a sacred trust and a calling to high and noble purpose. With the help of good staff and many people who love our city, major progress and projects were accomplished. I devoted my life to the city of Harrisburg, and I look forward to waging a vigorous fight against these charges.”

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Here’s a summary of what Kane and her deputy attorneys general had to say during the news conference:

Agents raided the Reed’s home last month. Reed was arraigned on the charges this morning at District Justice William Wenner’s office and was released on $150,000 unsecured bail.

Harrisburg was declared financially distressed in 2010 and went into the state’s Act 47 program before eventually entering state receivership. The failed retrofit of the city’s incinerator was a leading cause of the financial collapse in Harrisburg.

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