Ex-Pittsburgh police chief set for federal plea
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.
Harper is due to appear Friday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon. Harper’s attorneys have said he plans to plead guilty.
Harper allegedly conspired with others to divert more than $70,000 from a city account into two unauthorized credit union accounts, then spent nearly $32,000 of that himself. He’s also charged with failing to file federal tax returns from 2008 to 2011, when much of the money was allegedly stolen.
Federal sentencing guidelines suggest Harper could face up to 16 months in federal prison, though his attorneys are expected to eventually argue for house arrest or probation.