Sentencing delayed for witness in Pittsburgh police corruption case

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The sentencing of a defendant in a corruption case involving the city of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has been postponed from April 4 to May 22 because she is cooperating with the investigation.

Former city systems analyst Christine Kebr has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and confirmed to U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon that she helped to steer a contract to an Esplen business for bribes totaling $6,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Cessar wrote in a motion filed today with Judge Bissoon that Ms. Kebr "is cooperating in an ongoing investigation, and the government believes it would be advisable to postpone her sentencing until her cooperation is complete."

Judge Bissoon granted the motion.

Ms. Kebr, 56, of Castle Shannon, confirmed that she took the bribes from Art Bedway, 63, of Robinson. Mr. Bedway has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Mr. Bedway ran Alpha Outfitters, which beat out a competing company to win a contract to install and maintain radios and computers in city police cars, for which it was paid around $330,000. Ms. Kebr said she conducted the selection process for the city's information systems department, while secretly working with Mr. Bedway and an unnamed third individual to ensure that Alpha Outfitters won the bid.

Former city police chief Nate Harper was a friend of Mr. Bedway, but has denied any involvement with the contract. Mr. Harper was indicted Friday on unrelated charges of conspiracy and willful failure to file tax returns and his attorneys have said he plans to plead guilty.

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


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