District Attorney Refers Bipartisan Committee Investigation To The Attorney General’s Office

District Attorney Refers Bipartisan Committee Investigation To The Attorney General’s Office


An investigation into allegations of state election law violations by the Bipartisan Committee for a Better Economy Borough has now been handed off to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh told the Beaver Countian he wrote a letter to the Attorney General’s Office today officially asking them to take over jurisdiction of the case.

The Economy Borough Democratic Committee and the Beaver County Democratic Committee filed a joint complaint with the Board of Elections last month, alleging the Bipartisan Committee for a Better Economy Borough grossly under reported both their campaign expenditures and donations. George E. Fitzgerald, who campaigned for Mayor of Economy Borough, and Mary Jo Sivy, who campaigned for Tax collector, were also listed in the complaint.

“One of my employees, County Detective Andy Gall, is seeking the open position of Chief of Police for Economy Borough,” said District Attorney Berosh. “My understanding is that they have scheduled an interview with him at this point.” Berosh said he wanted to avoid any appearances of impropriety, leading him to recuse his office from the case.

District Attorney Berosh said it could take four to six weeks before the Attorney General’s Office begins their investigation, which will leave the allegations unresolved until well after the November 5th municipal elections.

Bipartisan Committee Treasurer Richard Lapinski, who is the husband of Councilwoman Michelle Sovich-Lapinski, has denied any wrong doing. George Fitzgerald has also denied the allegations. Mary Jo Sivy, wife of Councilman Donald Sivy, has failed to return a message seeking comment on the allegations against her.

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  1. Yikes!!

    Great idea!!…And while the AG’s office is at it, maybe they can stumble on some other “improprieties” that might be going on in the Boro!!!…. Andy Gall would make an awesome Chief in Economy..A dedicated detective and family man! Good Luck Andy!!!…. and Best Wishes to Chief Harrington on his upcoming Retirement! :thumbsup:

  2. Denied

    detective gall has integrity i dont think thats one of the qualifications the bipartisan council is looking for in a new chief sorry no job for you andy!!!!!!!!!! :stupid:

  3. whats up

    What do all these names have in common ? VEON ORIE DE WEESE LA GROTTA DAVID GOOGINS SIVY LAPINSKI ?

  4. confluence

    if Andy Gall wants that job, Economy would be foolish not to hire him, he turned down few years ago Baden he is the most qualified by far, and would be great for town, and understands community and politics of it, more so would run the department as it should be.

    what council needs to do is not alienate anyone, make sure mayor is in attendance of all ofinterviews, get it to two finalist if there is even one other then bring it before the board for interview then act according and vote.

    What’s confusing is why would you even let Harrington go now and why conduct interviews now when potential of 4 seats could change in next month’s election doesn’t seem like fair process

  5. Disgusted

    Andy is NOT a man with integrity. He is a stalker from way back. He just needs to retire and fade into the swamp with his cronies at the courthouse. No more pie for you unless its filled with crow!!!! :upset:

  6. Rainman

    Are you kidding??? The only person they should be hiring is a good criminal attorney!!! Even the route 8 dirty talker!!

  7. whisperwalnut

    Hello everyone lets not forget about DOCTOR DOLITTLE who had to resign from council about his comments he made early this year . He is one of the masterminds behind all this scamming along with FLYBOY GOOGINS , 500.00 DOLLAR MAILBOX LIPINSKI, TRICKY RICKY,DUMBASS GEORGE ,SLOW SIVY, BARGIN BIN ATTORNEY :evilgrin:


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