Ex-Pittsburgh employee pleads in computer scam

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former systems analyst for the City of Pittsburgh has pleaded guilty to accepting $6,000 in bribes to help a man fraudulently obtain a $327,000 contract to install radios and computers in city police cars.

Fifty-five-year-old Christine Ann Kebr pleaded guilty to conspiring to take a bribe in connection with an agency that receives federal funds — the city — and will be sentenced April 4. Charges filed last month listed one $3,000 bribe, but Kebr acknowledged receiving two such bribes on Thursday.

She acknowledged conspiring with 63-year-old Arthur Bedway Jr., of Robinson Township, and an unnamed woman who pretended to be the owner of his Alpha Outfitters business, which got the set-aside contract because the city believed the company was female-owned.

Bedway has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has said the contract was a "bargain" for the city.

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