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Ex-Allentown finance director gets house arrest for scheme

November 27, 2018

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Allentown’s former finance director has been sentenced to six months of home confinement for his role in a conspiracy to rig a city contract for ex-Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign donors.

U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez on Tuesday sentenced Garret Strathearn to five years’ probation, the first six months of which will be home confinement with electronic monitoring.

He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

The judge cited Strathearn’s minimal involvement in the scheme and his charitable work before becoming embroiled in the pay-to-play case

The Morning Call reports Prosecutor Michelle Morgan recommended the sentence of home confinement, noting his cooperation and candor as he prepared to testify in the trial where Pawlowski was convicted of dozens of corruption-related charges.

Pawlowski was sentenced last month to 15 years in federal prison.

Four co-conspirators have pleaded guilty in the scheme.

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