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September 3, 2010 | By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOMERSET, Pa. - As a powerful state representative, Mike Veon for years was perfectly coiffed, wore $1,000 custom-made suits, smoked expensive cigars, and sipped Maker's Mark bourbon with lobbyists. He zipped around on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, attended conferences in Las Vegas, and flew back and forth to Harrisburg in a state plane. He dispatched a legislative staffer to retrieve his dry cleaning, arranged for his clothes to be tailored every time he lost or gained a few pounds, and never wore the same tie twice on days the legislature was in session.
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July 11, 2008 | By Mario F. Cattabiani and Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When you worked for former Rep. Mike Veon, the No. 2 Democrat in the state House, two things were certain, prosecutors said: You would work hard on political campaigns while on the government clock; and if you did a "rock star" job, you would get something extra in your paycheck. All compliments of the taxpayers, of course. That illegal culture of underwriting political campaigns with public dollars was spotlighted yesterday in sweeping indictments of Veon, 10 former and current legislative aides, and a sitting lawmaker.
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June 3, 2009 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A key defendant in the Bonusgate investigation is now alleging that House Majority Whip Bill DeWeese engaged in the same conduct that led to sweeping corruption charges against a dozen House Democratic insiders. In a potentially explosive court filing yesterday, former Rep. Mike Veon alleges that DeWeese, a Democrat from Greene County who has not been charged, engaged in "exactly the same activities" described in the Bonusgate indictment. The indictment alleges that Veon and 11 others carried out a massive conspiracy to use taxpayer dollars and resources to benefit political campaigns.
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February 5, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The prosecution's star witness in the Bonusgate corruption trial acknowledged yesterday that he had never seen an e-mail directly implicating former State Rep. Mike Veon in the scandal. Mike Manzo also testified that he could not recall exactly when conversations he said he'd had with Veon (D., Beaver) about the cash-for-campaigning scheme had occurred - not even down to the season. For Manzo, the former chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Bill DeWeese, it was a third day on the stand.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
HARRISBURG - A Dauphin County judge has postponed the second trial of disgraced Pennsylvania political power broker Mike Veon until next year. Judge Bruce Bratton issued an order Tuesday moving the trial date from June 1 to Feb. 6, 2012. Veon, the former Democratic whip in the state House of Representatives, was convicted last year in Pennsylvania's legislative-corruption scandal on multiple charges involving the use of taxpayers' money for campaign work and is serving a six- to 14-year prison term.
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April 29, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has quietly assembled an elite team of veteran prosecutors to investigate public corruption. To staff the effort, Williams has hired prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office who brought successful cases against senior political figures in both parties, including former House Speaker John M. Perzel. Earlier this month, Williams received court approval to create a new investigative grand jury, which allows prosecutors to subpoena documents and compel testimony.
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March 23, 2010 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Republicans backing Attorney General Tom Corbett for governor had been growing more nervous every day that Bonusgate deliberations had dragged on. When the jury finally returned to a Harrisburg courtroom last night and pronounced 14 guilty verdicts against former Democratic House Whip Michael R. Veon, it was more than a blow against political corruption. It was a setback for Corbett's Democratic detractors who had suggested that his ambition to become governor in November had spurred his zeal in pursuing criminal charges against two dozen Bonusgate defendants.
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May 15, 2006 | By James O'Toole
Mike Veon is paying for lots of eyeballs he can't use. The House Democratic whip, the last man standing at the barricade of the aborted legislative pay raise, is in the toughest reelection fight of his career. The veteran lawmaker is spending lavishly on commercials on Pittsburgh major network affiliates, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach an audience of hundreds of thousands. In that ocean of viewers, the only ones for whom such expensive persuasion isn't wasted are in the relatively tiny pool of registered Democrats who will determine whether he will return to Harrisburg.
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March 10, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For three years, State Rep. Bill DeWeese has told anyone who would listen that he knew nothing about the controversial government bonuses handed out by the House Democratic caucus he once ran. Yesterday, however, he opted for silence. DeWeese cited his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a closed-door meeting with the judge presiding over the corruption trial of his former House colleague, Mike Veon. Attorneys for Veon had subpoenaed DeWeese as a marquee defense witness they had hoped to put on the stand later this week.
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March 26, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight months after being swept up in the Bonusgate scandal, a former top Democrat in the Pennsylvania House is facing a new set of corruption charges - this time for allegedly using money from a Western Pennsylvania nonprofit he controlled for political purposes. While announcing the latest charges against Mike Veon yesterday, Attorney General Tom Corbett disclosed that he would examine whether other legislators had misused nonprofits. But he refused to say how many might be involved.
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July 29, 2014
LET'S TALK pension costs. And let's talk using corruption - arguably our most common public-sector commodity - to bring them down. I'm semi-serious. An overlooked benefit to paying taxes for public pensions in one of the nation's most corrupt states is that wrongdoing saves us money. Think about it. Many forfeit pensions after convicted of crimes under Pennsylvania Act 140 of 1978. Through a Right-to-Know request, I got numbers on some of our more high-profile perps in order to show the sorts of savings available.
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April 29, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has quietly assembled an elite team of veteran prosecutors to investigate public corruption. To staff the effort, Williams has hired prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office who brought successful cases against senior political figures in both parties, including former House Speaker John M. Perzel. Earlier this month, Williams received court approval to create a new investigative grand jury, which allows prosecutors to subpoena documents and compel testimony.
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April 9, 2013
NOT TO RILE anyone facing the duty of filing tax returns by next week's deadline (a/k/a that time of year one really looks at how much of one's money the government gets), but every time I turn around there's reason to be pissed off. I'm not talking about ongoing aggravations such as the pay and perks of City Council, the state Legislature and Congress, members of which collectively do more to us than for us while spending our money. (Digression: Can I get an eye-roll for President Obama "sacrificing" 5 percent of his $400,000 salary because of sequestration?
NEWS
May 25, 2011
HARRISBURG - A Dauphin County judge has postponed the second trial of disgraced Pennsylvania political power broker Mike Veon until next year. Judge Bruce Bratton issued an order Tuesday moving the trial date from June 1 to Feb. 6, 2012. Veon, the former Democratic whip in the state House of Representatives, was convicted last year in Pennsylvania's legislative-corruption scandal on multiple charges involving the use of taxpayers' money for campaign work and is serving a six- to 14-year prison term.
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September 3, 2010 | By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOMERSET, Pa. - As a powerful state representative, Mike Veon for years was perfectly coiffed, wore $1,000 custom-made suits, smoked expensive cigars, and sipped Maker's Mark bourbon with lobbyists. He zipped around on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, attended conferences in Las Vegas, and flew back and forth to Harrisburg in a state plane. He dispatched a legislative staffer to retrieve his dry cleaning, arranged for his clothes to be tailored every time he lost or gained a few pounds, and never wore the same tie twice on days the legislature was in session.
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April 3, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During a break in the Bonusgate corruption trial that wrapped up last month, several jurors toured the state Capitol to get a sense of where some of the alleged crimes were committed. That represents "jury misconduct" and is grounds for a mistrial, according to an attorney for one of the defendants convicted in the cash-for-campaigning case. Dauphin County Court Judge Richard A. Lewis has set a hearing for Friday on the motion filed by Michael Palermo, a lawyer for Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink, the former district office manager for State Rep. Mike Veon.
NEWS
March 24, 2010
ON MONDAY NIGHT, a jury in central Pennsylvania found former House Majority Whip Mike Veon guilty on 14 counts of conspiracy, theft and conflict of interest. The conviction is part of an ongoing statewide investigation into political corruption and should serve as a reminder of the desperate need for reform in Harrisburg. So far, 25 people from both parties have been charged with corruption by Attorney General Tom Corbett; Veon was the second to be tried. The list includes former and current lawmakers, and several key staffers.
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March 23, 2010 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Republicans backing Attorney General Tom Corbett for governor had been growing more nervous every day that Bonusgate deliberations had dragged on. When the jury finally returned to a Harrisburg courtroom last night and pronounced 14 guilty verdicts against former Democratic House Whip Michael R. Veon, it was more than a blow against political corruption. It was a setback for Corbett's Democratic detractors who had suggested that his ambition to become governor in November had spurred his zeal in pursuing criminal charges against two dozen Bonusgate defendants.
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March 13, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A jury began deliberations yesterday in the political corruption case against former State Rep. Mike Veon and three ex-aides after a prosecutor described what they did as a "form of organized crime" with Veon as the don. "They are not going to do anything without his direction and control," Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Blessington told the jury in his closing argument. "Once you get drunk with power, you make the rules, you can change the rules. You think you are immune.
NEWS
March 10, 2010 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For three years, State Rep. Bill DeWeese has told anyone who would listen that he knew nothing about the controversial government bonuses handed out by the House Democratic caucus he once ran. Yesterday, however, he opted for silence. DeWeese cited his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a closed-door meeting with the judge presiding over the corruption trial of his former House colleague, Mike Veon. Attorneys for Veon had subpoenaed DeWeese as a marquee defense witness they had hoped to put on the stand later this week.
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