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From the Citizens Voice in Wilkes-Barre:Musto. C-V photo

State Sen. Raphael Musto was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from an unnamed company after supporting the company's efforts to secure state grants.

The company performed nearly $48,000 in renovations on a building Musto owned in 2006 and billed him $25,000, according to the indictment. Musto issued a $25,000 check to the company, but representatives of the company then paid him $25,000 in cash, the grand jury alleged.

The company did an additional $10,000 worth of work on the building, but never billed Musto, according to the grand jury, and provided Musto with annual holiday gifts in 2005-2008 that Musto did not report on state financial disclosure forms, the indictment said.

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