Former PA House Speaker John Perzel indicted

    One of the state’s most influential Pennsylvania state lawmakers has been indicted in scheme that reportedly used taxpayer dollars for political campaigning.

    One of Pennsylvania’s most influential lawmakers has been indicted in a scheme that reportedly used taxpayer dollars for political campaigning.

    Former House Speaker John Perzel, who represents a Northeast Philadelphia district, is now the most prominent political figure thus far to be charged in the Bonusgate investigation.

    Corbett announced the latest charges in the ongoing grand jury investigation at a Thursday news conference at his Harrisburg office.

    Others charged:

    Former Republican State Rep. Brett Feese

    Brian Preski, Perzel’s former chief of staff

    Paul Towhey, Perzel’s current chief of staff Paul Towhey

    Samual Stokes, Perzel’s brother-in-law

    John Zimmerman, Perzel legislative aide

    Don McClintock, Perzel his campaign aide

    Jill Seaman, Feese legislative aide

    Elmer Bowman, Feese legislative aide

    Eric Ruth, former GOP information technology deputy director

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