Former Reading, Pa. Mayor Gets 8 Years In Prison For Corruption

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The former Democratic mayor of Reading, Pa., has been sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption.

A federal judge Wednesday also ordered 71-year-old Vaughn Spencer to pay a $35,000 fine and serve three years on supervised release.

Spencer will report to prison June 13.

Before his sentencing, Spencer apologized to the citizens of Reading. He said he had let them down.

Spencer was convicted in August on conspiracy and bribery charges for exchanging contracts for campaign contributions.

Prosecutors accused him of promising engineering contracts to companies that agreed to provide campaign contributions and directing contracts to past donors to ensure they kept supporting his reelection efforts.

Authorities said Spencer also attempted to bribe a former city council president to try to get Reading’s anti-pay-to-play ordinance repealed.

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