Pittsburgh
11:48 am
Tue March 25, 2014

UPMC Questions Ravenstahl Taking Computer Home

An ongoing federal investigation involving Pittsburgh's former mayor and the city's lawsuit challenging the nonprofit status of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have intersected — at the ex-mayor's computer.

Former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl took the computer with him for about 10 days after leaving office in January, but has since returned it. Now UPMC's attorneys want to know if he did anything with the device that might impact the city's ongoing lawsuit over its nonprofit status.

Meanwhile, Ravenstahl's successor, Mayor Bill Peduto, has turned over the computer to the FBI, as part of an ongoing grand jury probe involving Ravenstahl's office that federal prosecutors have acknowledged, but not detailed.

Attorneys for the city and Ravenstahl say the former mayor didn't do anything improper with the computer.