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The Associated Press


ALLENTOWN – The former top administrator of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city has been spared jail time in a federal pay-to-play corruption case that resulted in conviction and imprisonment of the city’s former mayor.

Former Allentown managing director Francis Dougherty, who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge almost two years ago, was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $18,700 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors said Dougherty helped rig a $3 million contract to replace the city’s streetlights so it would go to a company whose executives and consultants gave thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to his boss, former mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Pawlowski was sentenced to 15 years following conviction last year on dozens federal counts including conspiracy, bribery, fraud, attempted extortion and lying to the FBI.