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The Latest: Scranton’s ex-mayor to plead guilty to bribery

July 1, 2019

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

A federal plea agreement says former Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright will plead guilty to bribery, extortion and conspiracy.

The document was filed Monday, shortly after the 61-year-old Democrat informed city officials he was stepping down during his second term.

Prosecutors say Courtright is due in federal court in Williamsport on Tuesday.

A criminal information filed Monday accuses Courtright of taking tens of thousands of dollars in cash and other items from people doing business with the Scranton government.

Courtright and his lawyer haven’t responded to messages seeking comment. They both signed the plea deal paperwork last week.

His office and home were searched by the FBI in January.

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3:30 p.m.

The Democratic mayor of Scranton is resigning midway through his second term, a day before he’s scheduled to appear in federal court in what prosecutors said is a corruption investigation.

Mayor Bill Courtright wrote City Council members to say he was stepping down Monday.

At about the same time, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Courtright will appear in a Williamsport courtroom Tuesday for a “proceeding related to an ongoing public corruption investigation.”

Messages left Monday at Courtright’s mayoral office and with his attorney, Paul Walker, weren’t returned.

The FBI searched Courtright’s home and office in early January. At that time he denied any wrongdoing.

Walker said in January he believed the investigation related to campaign finance.

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