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First Pennsylvania Turnpike Defendant Up Waives Hearing

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A defendant in a state corruption investigation of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is waiving a preliminary hearing.

Former turnpike employee Raymond Zajicek had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday before he told the attorney general’s office he would waive it.

The 68-year-old Zajicek is retired from his $110,000-a-year job as fare collection operations manager and is living in Florida. He faces eight charges, including four theft counts.

Waiving the charges allows them to go to Dauphin County court for a trial. His formal arraignment is scheduled for June 17.

Most of the grand jury allegations against Zajicek involve the use state time to perform personal errands and make political fundraising calls, or requesting turnpike employees to perform political activities.

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