Ex-Pittsburgh police chief pleading next month

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper will plead guilty next month to federal charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized police credit union accounts.

Harper’s attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment, but have said since Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury in March that the former chief intended to plead guilty.

On Tuesday, online federal court records show U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon scheduled an Oct. 18 hearing because she has “been advised that defendant wishes to plead guilty.”

Harper allegedly conspired with unnamed others to divert more than $70,000 from a city account into two unauthorized credit union accounts, then spent nearly $32,000 of that himself.

He’s also charged with willfully failing to file federal income tax returns from 2008 to 2011.

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