Limo company owner pleads in Pa. bribe case

    A Philadelphia limo company owner could face up to five years in prison on a conspiracy charge for paying bribes that would have made it easy for him to skimp on maintenance and repair of his fleet.

    Bassam Salaheldein pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery for payments made to a pair of undercover agents posing as a Philadelphia Parking Authority manager and a police officer.
    Investigators say Salaheldein wanted to pick which of his limos would be inspected by regulators as well as pass unfit vehicles and an unqualified driver.

    Salaheldein also paid a bribe he thought would help him obtain a gun permit despite an assault conviction.

    The Philadelphia Daily News reports Salaheldein is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 27.

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