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April 27, 2010 by Tracie Mauriello

HARRISBURG — One defendant says it has taken prosecutors too long to bring her to trial in a government corruption case involving a Beaver County non-profit. Meanwhile, co-defendant Mike Veon, the former state representative, wants more time to prepare. A Dauphin County judge this morning agreed to hold a hearing May 3 on defendant Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink’s motion and to continue the case until May 24. Senior Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina said he was prepared to go to trial this morning, but neither defendants nor their attorneys showed up. Mr. Veon and Mrs. Perretta-Rosepink, are accused of misusing tax dollars given as grants to the Beaver Initiative for Growth, a nonprofit they ran. The money was supposed to go toward economic development projects. Prosecutors say defendants instead directed it to campaign work, a contract with a company that employed Mr. Veon’s brother Mark and rent for office space for a mistress of a state employee who arranged a no-work state job for her. Attorney Michael Palermo filed a series of motions late Friday claiming his client, Mrs. Perretta-Rosepink, was denied a speedy trial, that there isn’t enough evidence to force her to stand trial and that the charges against her should be dismissed. Pennsylvania law requires a case to go to trial within 180 days unless there are requests for a continuance and charges were filed in March 2009. Meanwhile, attorney Joel Sansone is expected to file a motion for continuance later today. It had not yet been filed this morning when jury selection was scheduled to begin. Judge Richard A. Lewis said he would continue the case to May 24, even though he had not yet received Mr. Sansone’s motion. That’s three days after Mr. Veon and Mrs. Perretta-Rosepink are scheduled for sentencing in another corruption case. That case centered around the dispersement of publicly funded bonuses to state employees who worked on campaigns. Mr. Veon was found guilty of 14 counts and Mrs. Perretta-Rosepink five. Tracie Mauriello: or 717-787-2141.

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