Ex-Pa. House GOP aide sentenced in corruption case

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 2:57 PM
Ex-Pa. House GOP aide sentenced in corruption case

A former aide to a high-ranking Pennsylvania state representative has been sentenced to at least nine months in jail for her role in a corruption case involving the misuse of tax dollars and state employees for campaign purposes.

A nearly two-year maximum sentence was ordered Friday for Jill Seaman. The 59-year-old also must serve six years' probation and pay restitution and a fine.

Seaman is the first Republican to be sentenced in the 5-year-old state investigation. She was convicted in November of 40 counts along with her onetime boss, former state Rep. Brett Feese of Lycoming County.

Sentencing for Feese, once a member of the House Republican leadership team, is next month.

Seven other people connected to the caucus, including former Speaker John Perzel, await sentencing.