- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A federal court jury was set to deliberate bribery and extortion charges against the former head of a western Pennsylvania city’s redevelopment authority.

The U.S. District Court jury in Johnstown will begin deliberating after the judge gives them legal instructions Thursday in the case of Ronald Repak.

The former executive director at the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority for three decades is accused of using his influence to obtain a new roof for his home, construction work on his son’s business and tickets to Pittsburgh Steelers games and other entertainment events.

Repak testified Wednesday that he never “demanded” tickets and other favors, and wanted to pay for work on his home and his son’s business, but was never sent a bill.

Prosecutors contend Repak “buried” the costs of those projects in other redevelopment authority bills.

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