2010-09-09 / Local & State

Mayor’s Brother Charged With Theft, Threats

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The estranged brother of Harrisburg’s mayor is accused of defrauding a man then threatening him if he went to police.

Sixty-one-year-old Michael Crawford of Carlisle was charged Thursday with posing as a paralegal then threatening to have his alleged victim shot in the knees.

Crawford is the brother of Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson. The mayor’s office says Thompson has no relationship with her brother and the two haven’t spoken in years.

The 75-year-old alleged victim told WHTM-TV that Crawford said his sister could help him win the case.

Crawford faces charges including robbery, theft by deception and extortion. He is being held in Cumberland County Prison on $100,000 bail.

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