SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The Democratic mayor of Scranton is resigning midway through his second term, a day before he’s scheduled to appear in federal court in what prosecutors said is a corruption investigation.

Mayor Bill Courtright wrote City Council members to say he was stepping down Monday.

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At about the same time, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Courtright will appear in a Williamsport courtroom Tuesday for a “proceeding related to an ongoing public corruption investigation.”

Messages left Monday at Courtright’s mayoral office and with his attorney, Paul Walker, weren’t returned.

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The FBI searched Courtright’s home and office in early January. At that time he denied any wrongdoing.

Walker said in January he believed the investigation related to campaign finance.

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