Ex-treasurer McCord pleads guilty to attempted extortion

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted extortion.

McCord entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III.

Jones accepted the guilty plea and scheduled a pre-sentence conference for June 29.

McCord admitted he tried to extort campaign contributions from a law firm and a property management company while he was running for governor last year, when he lost the Democratic nomination to Tom Wolf.

In a video released through his attorneys last month, he admitted he told the potential donors he could “make it difficult for them to do business” in Pennsylvania if they did not contribute to his campaign.

Each count of attempted extortion is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fine of up to $250,000.

McCord had been in the office for six years when he resigned Jan. 30.

 

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