Perzel’s former chief of staff pleads guilty

Bri­an J. Preski, a Bustleton res­id­ent and one­time chief of staff to former Pennsylvania House Speak­er John Perzel, pleaded guilty last week dur­ing his tri­al on cor­rup­tion charges.

Preski, 46, a law­yer who served as Perzel’s chief of staff from 2000-07, pleaded guilty to 10 charges of con­spir­acy, con­flict of in­terest and theft on Oct. 5 in a Dauph­in County courtroom.

Then-At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Tom Corbett an­nounced charges against Perzel, Preski and eight oth­ers in Novem­ber 2009, fol­low­ing a grand jury in­vest­ig­a­tion. In all, sev­en of the 10 co-de­fend­ants have pleaded guilty, in­clud­ing Perzel.

Preski was be­ing tried with former state Rep. Brett Feese and the ex-Ly­coming County law­maker’s aide, Jill Sea­man.

A former Perzel aide, John Zi­m­mer­man, will be tried sep­ar­ately.

Perzel and the oth­ers were charged with us­ing about $10 mil­lion in pub­lic money for cam­paign pur­poses.

The sev­en in­di­vidu­als who have pleaded guilty re­main free and will be sen­tenced after the re­main­ing two tri­als are com­plete. ••

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