The former longtime mayor of Harrisburg, Pa., was arrested Tuesday and charged with nearly 500 criminal counts, in part stemming from allegations he illegally used hundreds of thousands of dollars from city agencies to purchase historical items, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. Stephen R. Reed, 65, whose term as Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania’s capital city spanned nearly three decades, was arraigned on 499 counts stemming from 17 criminal charges before Magisterial District Judge William Wenner.
At the brief hearing, Wenner read the charges against Reed, which included, in part, two counts of running a corrupt organization, 158 counts of misappropriation of entrusted property, two counts of theft by deception, 110 counts of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking and seven counts of bribery, the Patriot-News reported.
If convicted on all counts and given consecutive maximum sentences, Reed could face up to 2,439 years in prison.
We call it “corruption.”For Democrats, it’s just another day at, an in, the office.
Following his arraignment, Reed insisted that he had served the city honorably and that he was “concerned that misperceptions and politics are very much intertwined in these accusations.” His attorney, Henry E. Hockeimer Jr., told the Associated Press the charges “may be inspired more by political agendas than by a search for justice.”
A politician intertwined in politics? Heaven forfend.