Sen. Jane Orie charged with multiple counts of forgery, tampering
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Monday, August 29, 2011
The Allegheny County District Attorney today charged state Sen. Jane Orie with multiple counts of perjury, tampering with evidence and forgery for allegedly submitting forged documents at her trial earlier this year on charges that she ordered her staff to perform political work on state time.
The corruption trial for Orie, 49, and her sister, Janine Orie, 56, both of McCandless, ended in a mistrial in March after Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning agreed with prosecutors that the Republican lawmaker`s lawyer submitted two fraudulent documents to the jury.
Charges filed today include five felony counts of perjury, six counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of forgery and several other state election code violations, according to court papers.
In June, the Secret Service issued a report stating that three documents related to the Orie case show evidence of fake signatures.
While prosecutors contend the forgeries were introduced by the defense team, Orie`s brother, attorney Jack Orie, has suggested that prosecutors could have submitted the fakes.
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