Retired PA Senator Pleads Innocent to Bribery Charges

SCRANTON, Pa. — A retired northeastern Pennsylvania lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Former state Sen. Ray Musto was arraigned Wednesday in Scranton. Prosecutors allege he took $38,000 in cash and services in exchange for using his influence to help a contractor and a person connected to municipal authorities.

The 81-year-old Luzerne County Democrat retired last month. He first joined the Legislature in 1971.

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