From Paula Reed Ward at the main site:
In a filing prepared for the judge who will sentence former state Sen. Jane C. Orie next month, the Allegheny County District Attorney's office said it is seeking more than $1.3 million in damages related to her conviction on ethics act violations.
That's on top of $1.2 million it has requested to be repaid that the Pennsylvania Senate spent toward defending the criminal case, as well as another $200,000 it is seeking in forfeiture from the McCandless Republican's campaign finance account and her pension.
Ms. Orie was convicted in March on 14 of 24 criminal counts against her, including five felonies. A jury found her guiltyof theft of services, forgery, tampering with evidence and ethics acts violations after deliberating for five days.
The lengthy document filed by Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Claus lays out in detail for Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning how much money the prosecution believes Ms. Orie is responsible to pay.
The biggest chunk of that comes from what Mr. Claus called the "pecuniary benefit" she received by using her legislative staff to run her re-election fundraising.
"Testimony at trial established that to pay professional fund raisers would have cost the defendant 10 to 15 percent of the amount raised," Mr. Claus wrote. "Defendant's misuse of her staff included directing individuals to perform fundraising work."
Campaign finance reports show she raised $1.8 million, and at a 10 percent fee, multiplied by three as the statute allows, prosecutors said, would equal $552,953.
In addition, Mr. Claus said that Ms. Orie received $260,028 in personal gain by using her staff members to do campaign work. When estimating the amount of time each staff member spent and multiplied by three, equals $780,084.
Mr. Claus also has asked the court to require Ms. Orie to pay the costs of prosecution.
"It is submitted that the assignment of costs to defendant is particularly appropriate due to forged and fraudulent documents that were used by the defendant in an attempt to influence jurors in her first criminal trial," he wrote.
One particular cost during the second trial, he noted, was "significant overtime costs" by the sheriff's office, totaling $5,173.
The DA's office also is seeking forfeiture of nearly $110,000 in a First National Bank account in the name of "Jane C. Orie for Senate Committee," as well as just under $90,000 of personal contributions in her state pension fund.
Ms. Orie's attorney, William Costopoulos, declined comment.