AG to charge top public defender in Dauphin County

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — ABC27 News has learned the state attorney general’s office will soon charge Dauphin County’s chief public defender.

Brad Winnick allegedly directed employees to work on the election campaigns of Dauphin County candidates while on county time.

Winnick will be charged by the end of the week with theft of services and tampering with evidence. He has been the county’s chief public defender since 2011.

Robert Caruso, the executive director of the State Ethics Commission, would not talk about the allegations surrounding Winnick but says such behavior is not uncommon.

“We get calls all the time,” Caruso said. “We hear about office equipment being used and employees being told to help out candidates.”

Caruso says some people feel that these kinds of cases are not that serious, but he says that we all need to look at the big picture.

“These are clear cases of violating the public trust,” he said. “Officials know the difference between right and wrong when it comes to helping campaigns.”

Caruso says if people want to help campaigns but have questions or concerns, they can contact the State Ethics Commission for information.

We reached out to the attorney general’s office but no one would comment.

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