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Pennsylvania ex-treasurer sentenced for lying about payments

FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2002, file photo, Pennsylvania Treasurer Barbara Hafer, a Republican, is surrounded by signs endorsing Edward Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and former Philadelphia mayor, in his campaign for Pennsylvania governor, while participating in a rally in the State Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa. Hafer, elected four times to statewide office in Pennsylvania, received three years on probation Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, for lying to the FBI about accepting $675,000 from an investment adviser, avoiding jail time as she was also sentenced to pay a $50,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service. Hafer switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1975, then switched her affiliation back from Republican to Democrat in December 2003. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
October 31, 2017 - 11:52 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A woman who was elected four times to statewide office in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to three years on probation for lying to the FBI about accepting $675,000 from an investment adviser who had reaped tens of millions in fees through Treasury Department business.

Barbara Hafer was a Republican when she was twice elected as Pennsylvania's auditor general and then later two terms as its treasurer. She avoided jail time Tuesday but was fined $50,000 and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.

She pleaded guilty in June to deceiving federal investigators about whether the adviser, Richard Ireland, had funneled the money to her to help her start a consulting firm after she'd left office.

The 74-year-old Hafer choked back tears while telling the judge she's sorry, describing herself as ashamed and heartsick.

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