PAY TO PLAY: Councilman Kelly Aide Convicted

wright1.jpgPHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL: A former aide to a Philadelphia councilman was among three men convicted in a corruption case Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia said. Christopher Wright [pictured left, making O-Face], a former aide to Councilman Jack Kelly, developer Ravinder Chawla of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and Chawla’s attorney Andrew Teitelman of Newtown, Pa., were convicted of conspiracy to commit honest services mail and wire fraud, honest services mail fraud, and mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Wright, 45, of Philadelphia was accused of trading on his position as Kelly’s aide from June 2005 to January 2008 to receive $16,000 in cash and gifts from Chawla, including a free apartment in Rittenhouse Square and a free parking space. According to the prosecutor’s office, Wright worked for legislation that would benefit Chawla’s development plans. MORE

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