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Ex-Redevelopment Head to Appeal Bribery Conviction, Sentence

A jury found the man extorted a new roof for his home, as well as construction work from authority contractors that benefited his son's business.

Mon December 28, 2015 - Northeast Edition
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A jury found Repak extorted a new roof for his home, as well as construction work from authority contractors that benefited his son's business.
A jury found Repak extorted a new roof for his home, as well as construction work from authority contractors that benefited his son's business.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The former head of a western Pennsylvania city’s redevelopment authority plans to appeal his conviction and 3 1/2-year federal prison sentence for extorting bribes from contractors who did work for the agency.

The notice filed on behalf of 64-year-old Ronald Repak doesn’t list reasons for the appeal. Rather, the notice filed Friday in Johnstown federal court, and first reported Tuesday by the (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat, merely indicates that Repak’s attorney is taking the case to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Repak was convicted in July and sentenced earlier this month in Johnstown. That’s also where Repak led the redevelopment authority for three decades before he was fired in 2013.

A jury found Repak extorted a new roof for his home, as well as construction work from authority contractors that benefited his son’s business.