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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Allentown City Controller Charged In Conspiracy

PHILADELPHIA – Mary Ellen Koval, 64, of Allentown, PA, was charged today by Information with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.


According to the information, between January 7, 2014 and at least December 8, 2015, Koval, in her position as Allentown City Controller, conspired with Public Official #3 and others to knowingly devise a scheme to defraud the City of Allentown and its citizens of the honest services of Public Official #3 and of Koval through bribery and kickbacks. Public Official #3 and Koval requested and received campaign contributions as incentives and rewards for past, continued, and future official actions that Public Official #3, Koval, and others took, attempted to take, agreed to take, and caused, attempted to cause, and agreed to cause the City of Allentown to take.


If convicted the defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.


This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joe Khan and Nancy Beam Winter. 


An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Public Corruption
Updated January 13, 2016