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Sentencing delayed for woman tied to Pittsburgh bid-rigging case

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Christine Kebr stands outside the Federal Courthouse as her attorney fields questions from the media Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. She was sentenced to three years probation for her role in a bid-rigging scheme.

A federal judge on Tuesday agreed to reschedule the sentencing of a former Pittsburgh city employee so she can continue cooperating with the government in its investigation of a bid-rigging scandal.

Christine Kebr, 56, of Castle Shannon pleaded guilty in December to helping Arthur Bedway, 63, of Robinson defraud the federal government by claiming one of his companies, Alpha Outfitters LLC in Esplen, was a female-owned business. That allowed him to bid on a contract to install data terminals in city police cruisers.

Bedway, owner of Carnegie-based Victory Security, faces federal charges of bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud. He and the government have filed court motions delaying his trial so they can negotiate a plea bargain, the motions say.

Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper has said Bedway is a former friend but has denied involvement in bid-rigging. A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Harper on a conspiracy charge involving accounts at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union and four charges of failing to file federal income taxes.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton has declined to say whether Harper will be charged in the bid-rigging investigation.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday saying that Kebr is cooperating with the investigation and asked the judge to delay her sentencing “until her cooperation is complete.” They asked for her sentencing hearing to be scheduled on or after May 1. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon granted the motion and moved the sentencing to May 15.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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