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Former Supervisor of Pennsylvania Township Pleads Guilty in Corruption Scheme Involving Over $133,000 in Government Paving Contracts

On October 20, Harold Long, a former Drumore Township, PA, supervisor and owner of Long’s Asphalt, Inc. (LAI), Quarryville, PA, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to one count of mail fraud related to Drumore Township contracts. As an elected official and township roadmaster, Long was responsible for awarding nearly all the township’s road contracts and overseeing work performed by both contractors and the Township’s road crew.

Between 2000 and 2002, Long circumvented the competitive bid process by awarding paving contracts totaling over $133,000 to fictitious companies he created and then subcontracting the work to LAI. Long resigned as Township supervisor in 2004. Both LAI and Long have been referred to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for potential debarment. Long’s sentencing is scheduled for January 27, 2006. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI.