Former aide to ex-Pa. House speaker pleads guilty

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Posted: Oct 05, 2011 12:47 PM
Former aide to ex-Pa. House speaker pleads guilty

A former chief of staff to the onetime speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has entered a surprise guilty plea in a corruption case that centers on the misuse of public money for campaign work.

Brian Preski pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts before a judge in Harrisburg on Wednesday. The plea comes on the sixth day of a trial involving what prosecutors say was the illegal expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars on technology and consultants to help elect Republicans to the state House of Representatives.

Now only two defendants remain on trial _ former Rep. Brett Feese, onetime head of the House Republican Campaign Committee, and ex-Feese aide Jill Seaman.

Preski was an aide to former House Speaker John Perzel, who has pleaded guilty in the case.