Former Harrisburg mayor Reed to face criminal charges: Pennlive.com

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Posted: Jul 14, 2015 1:53 AM

(Reuters) - A grand jury investigating government dealings in Harrisburg may file criminal charges against former mayor Stephen Reed as early as Tuesday morning, Pennlive.com reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's press secretary, Chuck Ardo, confirmed her office would hold a press conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Pennlive.com said. (http://bit.ly/1HrioXS)

Ardo declined to comment on the subject of the press conference as it "is grand jury protected".

Reed was expected to present himself for preliminary arraignment at 8.30 am ET, the website cited multiple news outlets as reporting.

Agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office had raided Reed's home in June and carted away antiques and boxes in an investigation tied to a secret grand jury proceeding.

Reed, who was mayor of Harrisburg from 1982 to 2010, has been dogged by rumors of personal financial improprieties in office, including the use of public money to purchase antiques for his home, which he has denied.

For the past two years, judicial sources told Reuters, a state grand jury had been meeting in Pittsburgh to explore alleged financial misdeeds that in 2011 led to the financial downfall of Harrisburg, which is currently in state receivership.

Reed's lawyer, Allen Welch, could not be immediately reached for comment outside regular business hours.

(Reporting by Ankush Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)