State Sen. Raphael Musto (D-Luzerne) is the latest lawmaker to be charged with corruption, resulting from ongoing federal and state probes in Pa. The charges stem from a relationship Musto had with a construction company that performed free services on his home, and provided him with gifts, one such gift a cash payment of $25,000 in 2006.
Musto, 81,reciprocated by writing letters on behalf of the company to state agencies asking that they award construction business to the company. The unnamed company developed properties in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
Musto is charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, corrupt receipt of a bribe or reward for official action concerning programs receiving federal funds, and giving false statements to a government agent.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.