Man on probation for bribing a Pittsburgh official asks for permission to travel to Florida
January 16, 2014 11:23 AM
Darrell Sapp / Post-Gazette
Art Bedway walks away as his attorney, Marty Dietz, talks to the media in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Grant Street, Downtown.
By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two days after he was sentenced to probation for bribing at least one city of Pittsburgh official, Robinson businessman Art Bedway has asked a federal judge to permit him to travel to Florida.
Bedway’s attorney, Marty Dietz, noted in a motion filed today that the standard terms of probation restrict his client to Western Pennsylvania. However, he has a second home in West Palm Beach, Fla., and “is also investigating employment opportunities in Florida,” Mr. Dietz wrote.
Mr. Dietz wrote that federal prosecutors do not object to allowing Bedway to travel to Florida. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon can rule on the motion.
Judge Bissoon sentenced Bedway, 64, to three years of probation and a fine of $30,000 for conspiracy, bribery and mail fraud. Shortly after the sentencing, Bedway said he planned to go to Florida to enjoy the sun.
Bedway was accused of paying $6,000 to former city systems analyst Christine Kebr and $9,000 to an unnamed co-conspirator in relation to a contract to install and maintain police cruiser computers and radios, which was awarded to a company he controlled.
Bedway argued that he was solicited into the scheme by former city police chief Nate Harper. Mr. Harper’s attorneys have denied that claim. Mr. Harper faces a February sentencing on unrelated charges.
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