HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former high-ranking Pennsylvania lawmaker who was convicted of public corruption will be released from state prison this week.

A state corrections spokeswoman says 58-year-old Mike Veon, a Beaver County Democrat, will be released from a state prison in Somerset County on Thursday after nearly five years.

He was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to six to 14 years for directing a program that rewarded legislative staffers who campaigned for Democrats with $1.4 million in taxpayer-funded bonuses. The conviction was part of the state attorney’s general probe into corruption in the Legislature.

He was also convicted of charges related to the misuse of grants directed to his nonprofit organization in 2012.

Veon served 22 years in the state House before losing a re-election bid in 2006.

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