2013-09-12 / Local & State

Pa. Rep Told Gambling Suspect Of Complaint

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Court documents say a Pittsburgh-area state representative was caught on wiretap telling the suspected ringleader of an illegal gambling operation that he would sit on a complaint about the man’s video poker machines.

A search warrant affidavit obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely got a complaint last year from a constituent who said her husband had gambled all their money away.

The affidavit says Gergely then called Ronald “Porky” Melocchi, told him about the complaint and promised not to pass it along to authorities.

In reality, agents from the state attorney general’s office penned the letter, and the woman who delivered it was an agent herself.

Gergely has not been charged. He did not return messages left at his legislative offices Saturday.

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