Businessman pleads guilty in police computer scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a city official to get a $327,000 contract to put radios in city police cars but his lawyer says the former police chief came up with the idea.

Arthur Bedway’s defense lawyer Martin Dietz told a federal judge andlater, after Bedway’s guilty plea, that former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper hatched the plan involving the company.

Although Bedway acknowledges wrongdoing, Dietz says the idea for the bogus contract was Harper’s and that he got $10,000 from Bedway for thinking up the plan.

Harper resigned in February and was indicted on separate charges related to a secret police slush fund. He has denied wrongdoing in connection with the Bedway contract.

Harper’s defense lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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