Chris Matthews' brother accused of perjury in Pa.

AP News

12/6/2011 7:06:19 PM - AP News

The brother of MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating political corruption in a suburban Philadelphia county.

Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews was arraigned Tuesday on perjury and false-swearing charges stemming from an 18-month grand jury investigation. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Prosecutors say Matthews lied about his relationship with a title company that does county business.

Matthews is retiring within weeks. His attorney, Thomas Egan III, says Matthews looks forward to his day in court and expects to be exonerated.

The investigation also concerned breakfast meetings between Matthews, another commissioner and other county officials. Prosecutors say those meetings appeared to be improper but there was not sufficient evidence to establish they were in violation of the state's Sunshine Act.