Informant says in court filing he bribed Pa. reps

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HARRISBURG – A man who wore a wire for Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed in a court filing that he paid cash bribes to several elected state representatives in exchange for favorable votes.


The allegation surfaced Thursday after a judge released documents related to Tyron Ali, a Philadelphia man who began to secretly record contacts with unnamed public officials from Philadelphia after being charged in a fraud case.


A state prosecutor says, however, that the evidence doesn’t support Ali’s claims that the money resulted in the sort of official action required to show the payments amounted to bribes.


The claim was made in September, as Ali’s lawyer fought to have the judge enforce a cooperation agreement that called for Ali’s own criminal charges to be dismissed, as occurred two months later.


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