Former police chief pleads guilty to federal charges

Ex-Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to steal police funds and willfully failed to file income tax returns


Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.

The guilty plea was entered Friday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon and is the latest incident in a remarkable fall from grace for Harper.

Harper joined the city's police force in 1977 and rose through the ranks before being appointed chief in 2006 by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

The 60-year-old Harper will be sentenced Feb. 25.

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