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April 16, 2013

Kuchera brothers expected to plead guilty today

JOHNSTOWN — Two brothers who owned defense contracting businesses that benefited from earmarks obtained by the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha are scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday at a waiver and plea hearing on charges of defrauding the government.

A defense attorney said last month that Ronald and William Kuchera would waive their right to be indicted and plead guilty to federal charges accusing them of charging the military $650,000 for parts that were never delivered and paying a kickback to another contractor.

Ronald Kuchera's lawyer, Stanton Levenson, said the brothers were only waiting for a court date.

Murtha, who chaired the House Defense appropriations subcommittee, wasn't mentioned in the documents accusing the Kucheras of fraud and conspiracy via Kuchera Defense Systems Inc. and Kuchera Industries Inc., of Windber.

 

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