Newspaper: DRPA focus of federal grand jury probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that a federal grand jury is investigating the Delaware River Port Authority.

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday cited unidentified sources (http://bit.ly/XSFNgA ) as saying the probe focuses on millions of dollars in economic development spending, particularly money funneled through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.

The newspaper says much of nearly $500 million the authority has spent over 15 years went to politically influential recipients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

DRPA chief executive John Matheussen confirms the agency received a subpoena from the office of U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger in Philadelphia. Matheussen is declining to discuss what it says.

The authority is jointly run by Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It operates four toll bridges and a commuter rail line linking Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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