Former Pittsburgh worker involved in police radio bribe seeks probation

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The woman whose cooperation made possible the federal prosecution of a bribery case involving a city of Pittsburgh contract asked for probation today in advance of her sentencing next week.

Christine Kebr, 57, of Castle Shannon, gave federal agents 12 hours of interviews which, according to her attorney, “led to the guilty plea of Arthur Bedway.” Bedway, 64, of Robinson, has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $30,000 fine. He ran Esplen-based Alpha Outfitters.

After obtaining Ms. Kebr’s inside help in securing a contract to install radios and computers in city police cars, he paid her $6,000.

“She was gifted in information technology, and wanted the city and its police force to receive the best equipment and services — a goal that was accomplished,” through the contract award, her attorney, Gary Gerson, wrote in a pre-sentencing memo. “The financial benefit came afterwards, and was clearly not the driving force behind her conduct.”

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon will decide on the sentence.

Bedway has admitted to paying $9,000 to another person, whom prosecutors have not named. Bedway’s attorney has said it was former city police chief Nate Harper, but Mr. Harper’s attorneys have denied that.

Mr. Harper is set to be sentenced Feb. 25 on unrelated charges of conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program and failure to file tax returns.

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