Corruption trial involving Pennsylvania treasury fees starts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The trial has started for a suburban Philadelphia investment adviser accused by federal prosecutors of trying to bribe ex-Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord with secret campaign contributions.

It’s part of an alleged scheme to land lucrative contracts to invest taxpayer dollars.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio told jurors Friday that they’ll hear tapes of 79-year-old defendant Richard Ireland in secretly recorded conversations with McCord discussing exchanges.

McCord is to be the star witness, and Ireland’s lawyer Reid Weingarten told jurors that McCord used Ireland, not the other way around.

Weingarten says Ireland was trying to help McCord as a friend, and says Ireland tried to hide campaign contributions because he didn’t want Republicans to know he was helping a Democrat.

Ireland has shared in millions of dollars in Treasury Department fees since 2000.

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