ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Two months after persuading voters to give him a fourth term, Allentown’s indicted mayor is taking his case to a jury.
Democrat Ed Pawlowski stands trial this week on federal corruption charges, with jury selection beginning Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Prosecutors say the mayor ran a pay-to-play scheme, telling vendors he expected campaign contributions in return for city contracts. He faces a 54-count indictment that includes accusations of fraud, bribery, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI.
The most serious charges carry a maximum prison term of 20 years each.
The mayor says he’s innocent. His attorney, Jack McMahon, says prosecutors are peddling a “false narrative” about Pawlowski.
Two co-defendants were charged with Pawlowski. One of them has pleaded guilty, but the other will stand trial with the mayor.