Robinson man involved in Pittsburgh police bribe case seeks short sentence

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A Robinson entrepreneur who pleaded guilty to conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud related to a city contract argued in court documents today that federal sentencing guidelines suggest only a one-year to 18-month sentence.

Art Bedway, 64, through his attorney Marty Dietz, also clarified in the pre-sentencing filing that he bribed one conspirator to the tune of $6,000, but that $9,000 in payments to another conspirator were not bribes.

Mr. Bedway has admitted to conspiring to steer a contract to outfit city police cars to Alpha Outfitters, an Esplen firm that he secretly controlled.

The first conspirator is former city systems analyst Christine Kebr, 56, of Castle Shannon. Mr. Dietz has said inside and outside of court that the other conspirator was former city police chief Nate Harper. Mr. Harper's attorneys have denied that contention.

In the pre-sentencing filing, Mr. Dietz wrote: “Mr. Bedway does not believe that the $9,000 payments made to the third co-conspirator were bribes but, instead, were payments made from the profits of Alpha Outfitters after the bid had been awarded.”

Mr. Bedway faces sentencing Nov. 20 for conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud. Ms. Kebr is set to be sentenced Feb. 11 for conspiracy.

Mr. Harper last week pleaded guilty to a separate conspiracy and to failure to file tax returns. He faces sentencing Feb. 25.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord

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