Trial for former Treasurer Barbara Hafer pushed to 2017

Barbara Hafer appears at a rally in the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg on Sept. 4, 2002 after endorsing Democrat Edward Rendell for governor of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis)

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) – A federal judge has pushed back the trial for former Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer.

The former two-term state treasurer is accused of making false statements to federal agents in a May interview to conceal payments of $500,000 from a businessman’s firm after leaving office.

Hafer’s trial was scheduled for December but was moved to April 3, 2017 so the court can consider pretrial motions.

The charges stemmed from Hafer’s May interview with FBI agents about payments to her consulting firm. The payments allegedly came from a businessman’s firm that shared in asset management fees paid by the Treasury Department while Hafer was in office.

The payments allegedly began just after Hafer completed her second term as treasurer in 2005. Prosecutors didn’t accuse Hafer of wrongdoing in office.

Prosecutors also charged businessman Richard Ireland with allegedly trying to bribe ex-state Treasurer Rob McCord with secret campaign contributions between 2009 and 2014.

Ireland’s trial is scheduled for January 10, 2017.

Both Hafer and Ireland have pleaded not-guilty to the charges.

 

 

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