Public Safety
2:55 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Pleads Guilty

Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, seen here at a November 2012 new conference, pleaded guilty in federal court.
Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, seen here at a November 2012 new conference, pleaded guilty in federal court.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

Former city police Chief Nathan Harper has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.

The guilty plea was entered Friday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon and is the latest incident in a remarkable fall from grace for Harper who joined the city's police force in 1977 and rose through the ranks before being appointed chief in 2006 by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Harper, who is 60-years-old, will be sentenced Feb. 25.

More details to come.