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East McKeesport code enforcement officer gets probation for taking bribe

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

An Allegheny County judge on Tuesday sentenced the former code enforcement officer for East McKeesport to serve three years on probation for withdrawing a citation in exchange for money.

A jury in March found Ronald C. Bachner, 50, of Brookline guilty of a felony count of bribery and a misdemeanor count of official oppression in the case before Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski.

Authorities said Bachner, hired by the borough in 2007, told a resident that he could erase a $600 fine in April 2009 with a $200 cash contribution to the borough.

State police arrested Bachner in May 2012 based on evidence uncovered during a three-year investigation aided when the resident became a confidential informant. The borough fired Bachner in January 2012.

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