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Former Philadelphia official convicted on corruption charges

[JURIST] Former Philadelphia City Treasurer Corey Kemp was convicted Monday on more than 20 counts for accepting kickbacks during his time in office [JURIST report]. The US Department of Justice had initially charged 12 men [DOJ press release] for corruption in connection with Kemp's financial transactions, including attorney Ronald A. White and Commerce Bank Pennsylvania [corporate website] president Glenn Holck and regional vice-president Stephen Umbrell. Kemp had received thousands of dollars, a trip to the Super Bowl, a new deck on his house, and parties thrown in his honor. Kemp, Holck, and Umbrell were all convicted on the main conspiracy charge, but White died in November [Philadelphia Inquirer report] while awaiting trial. Two other co-defendants, including White's mistress, were convicted on lesser charges. AP has more. The Philadelphia Inquirer has extensive background material on the federal corruption probe, which is ongoing.

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