Nate Harper http://wesa.fm en Reporter Debrief on the Sentencing of Nate Harper http://wesa.fm/post/reporter-debrief-sentencing-nate-harper <p>Former Pittsburgh Police Chief, <a href="http://wesa.fm/term/nate-harper">Nate Harper</a>, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/ex-pittsburgh-police-chief-harper-faces-conspiracy-tax-evasion-charges">unauthorized slush fund</a>.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon also ordered the 61-year-old Harper to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself.</p><p>90.5 WESA’s reporter Deanna Garcia says the sentencing was not surprising for most people, but Harper’s family and legal team were disappointed.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:59:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25029 at http://wesa.fm Reporter Debrief on the Sentencing of Nate Harper In the Case of Nate Harper, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? http://wesa.fm/post/case-nate-harper-does-punishment-fit-crime <p>Roughly one year ago <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/harper-out-pittsburgh-police-chief">Nate Harper resigned</a> from his post as Pittsburgh Police Chief. Soon after his resignation, Harper was indicted with conspiracy charges and failing to file tax returns.</p><p>Yesterday US District Judge Cathy Bissoon sentenced Harper to 18 months in prison as well as repayment of the $31,986 for the slush fund that he spent on himself.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:46:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25038 at http://wesa.fm In the Case of Nate Harper, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Sentenced To 18 Months http://wesa.fm/post/ex-pittsburgh-police-chief-harper-sentenced-18-months <p>Former Pittsburgh police chief Nathan Harper has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, diverting public money and failing to pay income taxes.<br /><br />U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon also ordered 61-year-old Harper on Tuesday to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself.<br /><br />An emotional Nate Harper addressed the court before hearing his sentence.<br /><br />“I’m a broken man,” he said, adding that he’ll carry with him to his grave the embarrassment he said he caused his family and friends.<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:25:05 +0000 Deanna Garcia & The Associated Press 24965 at http://wesa.fm Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Sentenced To 18 Months Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Pleading Next Month http://wesa.fm/post/ex-pittsburgh-police-chief-pleading-next-month <p>Former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper will plead guilty next month to federal charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized police credit union accounts.</p><p>Harper's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment, but have said since Harper was indicted by a federal grand jury in March that the former chief intended to plead guilty.</p><p>On Tuesday, online federal court records show U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon scheduled an Oct. 18 hearing because she has "been advised that defendant wishes to plead guilty."</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:30:24 +0000 The Associated Press 16280 at http://wesa.fm Plan for Stronger South Side Police Presence Moves Forward http://wesa.fm/post/plan-stronger-south-side-police-presence-moves-forward <p>For more than a year, political leaders, bar and restaurant owners and community groups had been working on plans to start pairing off-duty and on-duty officers to patrol East Carson Street.</p><p>Currently, 20 establishments along East Carson employ 22 uniformed off-duty police officers to provide door security.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:11 +0000 Jared Adkins 8255 at http://wesa.fm Firm Hired to Examine How Pittsburgh Handles Cash http://wesa.fm/post/firm-hired-examine-how-pittsburgh-handles-cash <p></p><p>Following the indictment of former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper on theft of public funds, a public accounting firm will examine the city’s internal control structure when it comes to cash.</p><p>The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA), a financial oversight board, approved $90,000 for an analysis by Gleason and Associates.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:45:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia 6944 at http://wesa.fm Chief Nate Harper Indictment http://wesa.fm/post/chief-nate-harper-indictment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A federal grand jury, Friday indicted former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper on charges of failure to file tax returns and diverting public money for his own use. Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter <strong>Bobby Kerlik </strong>joins us to talk about the latest <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/3710927-74/harper-police-indictment">details </a>of the case. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 5135 at http://wesa.fm Chief Nate Harper Indictment Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Faces Conspiracy, Tax Evasion Charges http://wesa.fm/post/ex-pittsburgh-police-chief-harper-faces-conspiracy-tax-evasion-charges <p>U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced a five-count indictment Friday against former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper. The charges range from conspiracy and theft of public funds to willful failure to file income tax returns.</p><p>It’s the result of a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the IRS. Hickton said the first count is conspiracy to engage in the theft of public money through the diversion of funds to the Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:47:08 +0000 Deanna Garcia & The Associated Press 5106 at http://wesa.fm Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Faces Conspiracy, Tax Evasion Charges Speaking from Experience: Former Police Chiefs on Selection of a New Chief http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-experience-former-police-chiefs-selection-new-chief <p>On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/politics-local/ravenstahl-will-leave-choice-of-new-pittsburgh-police-chief-to-successor-678847/">told reporters</a> he’s decided to leave the hiring of a new police chief to whomever the next Mayor will be. We'll talk with Elizabeth Township Chief of Police, <strong>Robert McNeilly</strong> about his experience as Pittsburgh police chief from 1996 to 2006; the pressures of the position, potential for corruption and the attributes to look for in a new chief. And <strong>Darrel Stephens</strong> Executive Director of <a href="https://www.majorcitieschiefs.com/index.php">Major Cities Chiefs Association</a> talks about his experience as a police chief and consultant to cities like Pittsburgh. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 2631 at http://wesa.fm Speaking from Experience: Former Police Chiefs on Selection of a New Chief Selecting a New Chief of Police http://wesa.fm/post/selecting-new-chief-police <p>When the police chief of a major U.S. city steps down, what challenges are involved in the selection of a new leader? We'll discuss this issue with <strong>Chuck Wexler</strong>, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.policeforum.org/">Police Executive Research Forum</a>, a law enforcement service that provides education and technical assistance to police departments throughout the&nbsp;country.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:40:51 +0000 Heather McClain 1553 at http://wesa.fm Selecting a New Chief of Police Harper Out as Pittsburgh Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/harper-out-pittsburgh-police-chief <div class="field-item even"><p>Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper resigned from his post late Wednesday afternoon after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl learned some confidential information from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding their investigation into Harper. &nbsp;Ravensthal asked Harper to leave – and he&nbsp;did.</p><p>“It’s a sad day and one that has been tough for a lot of people but we’ll pick up the pieces and we’ll move on,” said Ravensthal on Wednesday evening speaking to a roomful of&nbsp;reporters.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:32:17 +0000 Erika Beras 1335 at http://wesa.fm