By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Former state Treasurer Rob McCord is expected to appear in a Harrisburg federal courtroom today. McCord resigned last month, and announced he would plead guilty to charges related to soliciting campaign donations.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 62-Year-Old Man Violently Carjacked By Group Of Teenagers In Olney
In late January, McCord – in a video statement released by his lawyers – admitted warning two potential donors to his Democratic primary campaign for governor that they didn’t want to make an enemy of him.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Officer Hit By Gunfire At Parkway On July 4 To Be Acknowledged At Montgomery County Commissioners Meeting
“I stepped over the line by trying to take advantage of the fact that two potential contributors hoped to continue to do business with the Commonwealth,” McCord stated.
Days later, the US Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania released documents stating that McCord would be charged with two counts of extortion, and that a plea agreement had been filed, indicating that McCord would plead guilty to those charges at an arraignment scheduled for this morning.MORE NEWS: City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson's Minor Curfew Law In Effect Until End Of September
McCord allegedly attempted to extort campaign contributions from a law firm and a property management company. The maximum penalty for each of the two counts is 20 years in prison.