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7 Indicted in Probe of Philadelphia Corruption

From Times Wire Reports

PENNSYLVANIA

A federal grand jury investigating alleged municipal corruption in Philadelphia indicted seven people, including a mosque leader with connections to leading politicians and an aide to the mayor’s chief of staff.

Prosecutors allege Shamsud-din Ali, an imam, used his political friendships to extort money from city vendors and paid a kickback to obtain a city contract for which he did no work. Others were charged for their alleged involvement in the schemes.

The indictments were the third in an investigation that became public last October, when police discovered an FBI bug in Mayor John F. Street’s office.

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