Veon guilty on 14 counts

Former House Democratic Whip Mike Veon is guilty on 14 counts of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest for using public money to conduct campaign work.

Onetime staffer Steve Keefer was cleared on all charges, while two other former employees are guilty on several counts.

The jury found Veon guilty on charges related to bonuses for campaign work schemes in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He’s also guilty of conducting campaign work on state time, financing campaign communications efforts with tax dollars, and ordering legislative staffers to cart his motorcycles around the country while on the clock.

Veon’s wife cried while the verdicts were read, but the ex-Beaver County looked straight at the judge, showing no emotion. He spoke to reporters afterward.

Veon’s lawyer, Dan Raynak, says they’ll appeal the verdicts. He says he’s still convinced Attorney General Tom Corbett’s investigation was politically motivated.

Steve Keefer walked on all sixteen counts he faced.

Both Brett Cott and Annamarie Perretta Rosepink are guilty of doing campaign work on state time.

The jury deliberated for more than a week – though Judge Richard Lewis ordered them to re-start their discussions on Friday, when a sick panelist was replaced with an alternate juror.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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