- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Allentown’s solicitor confirms federal prosecutors want city officials and staff to retain electronic communications and documents relating to eight people or companies that have done business with the city.

Solicitor Susan Wild says she received an emailed request, not a subpoena, from federal prosecutors to save records relating to the firms, which include a chamber of commerce, a local insurance agency, and several developers.

The FBI is investigating the city’s contracting process. City Council last month approved a new policy requiring council to OK professional services contracts for more than $40,000.

FBI agents in July raided City Hall and seized computers, cellphones and documents related to more than two dozen people and businesses.

A property owner has already pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to bribe an unnamed public official.

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