Scranton man sentenced for making false statements in public corruption case

 

Date: October 30, 2020

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Scranton – Edward Weidow, Sr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania was sentenced on October 29, 2020, to serve two years' probation followed by 100 hours of community service by United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for making false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Weidow pled guilty to making false statements to federal investigators in a public corruption investigation involving former Mayor of Scranton, William Courtright. Weidow took cash from vendors and then transferred the cash to former Mayor of Scranton William Courtright. When Weidow was interviewed on January 9, 2019 by the FBI, he denied giving cash to Courtright, when in fact on numerous occasions, he had done so.

On October 2, 2020, Courtright was sentenced to seven years' incarceration after pleading guilty to multiple public corruption crimes. Courtright was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons to begin his sentence on October 30, 2020.

Courtright's corrupt activities came to light during a multi-year undercover investigation headed by the FBI. The undercover investigation revealed that the former mayor accepted cash payments from vendors doing business with the city in a pay-to-play scheme.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the FBI, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle Olshefski and Michael Consiglio prosecuted the case.