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Pa. GOP senator convicted of theft of services

Pa. GOP Sen. Orie convicted on 14 counts of theft of services, conflict of interest, forgery By The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) ' A Republican Pennsylvania senator accused of using her state-funded legislative staff to perform campaign work for herself and her sister has been convicted on 14 counts of theft of services, conflict of interest and forgery.

But Sen. Jane Orie (AW'-ree) has been acquitted of 10 other counts including perjury, obstruction of justice and election code violations.

The 50-year-old Orie's conviction Monday means she'll almost certainly be removed from office and lose her state pension. She hasn't commented on the verdict.

Orie was elected to the Senate in a 2001 special election to fill an empty seat and was re-elected three times. She'll be on electronic home monitoring until she's sentenced in late May.

Orie is from McCandless, just north of Pittsburgh. Her sister is state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who wasn't charged.

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