2010-04-29 / Local & State

Pa. House Employee Weighs Suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former Pennsylvania House employee acquitted of all charges in a corruption probe says he’ll consider suing for back pay and benefits.

Former Democratic information technology director Stephen Keefer asked the caucus for more than $450,000 in pay and benefits after he was acquitted of charges related to an investigation into the misuse of public funds. Caucus leaders denied that request Friday.

Keefer says he hoped to avoid a lawsuit but he may now have no choice.

Former state Rep. Mike Veon and two other aides were convicted during last month’s trial, while Keefer was cleared of all charges.

Keefer was among a group of caucus employees fired in 2007 after a review of documents that were turned over to investigators. He was charged the following year.

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