Retired Pennsylvania Senator Robert Mellow is not riding off into the sunset with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold watches. Fresh into his retirement after a career that covered 40 years in the Senate, Mellow lingers under the haze of a federal probe. Allegations cover the gamut, from extortion, to money laundering, and fraud.
Mellow has not been charged with any crime. The ongoing investigation started before or in June of 2010, when agents from the FBI and IRS carted off boxes from Mellow’s home and office.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals recently turned down Mellow’s attempt to unseal federal documents.According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, prosecutors successfully argued that if the information was disclosed before an indictment was filed, Mellow would know the “‘precise areas of inquiry into which the investigation was looking, thereby facilitating [Mellow's] and other subjects’ obstruction of the investigation.”‘
And the U.S. attorney’s office, according to the newspaper, put it this way, unsealing the affidavit of probable cause used to get the search warrant would reveal the identities of “‘confidential informants to be revealed, expose individuals and businesses to public obloquy though charges against them may never be brought, cause the release of confidential grand jury and tax information….”‘
The 68 year old Mellow is or will soon begin collecting a pension of about $300,000 a year.
During Mellow’s waning days in office, he declined numerous requests by Rock The Capital for an interview. We reached out to Mellow’s lawyer, Sal Cognetti, today.
(To learn about some of the allegations the feds are sizing up click on Rock The Capital.)
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