HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A county prosecutor is accusing the owner of multibillion-dollar pipelines carrying natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania of illegally using uniformed state constables as a private security force.

Charged on Tuesday by Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan’s office was an Energy Transfer LP security manager, as well as four men associated with security subcontractors.

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The charges include dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities and bribery.

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Hogan’s office initially charged two constables in August with official oppression and other offenses. Hogan now says 19 constables received $235,000 in a “buy-a-badge” security scheme for the Mariner East pipelines.

Texas-based Energy Transfer says the charges are meritless. It says it supports its employee, that local law enforcement knew of the plan and that the community benefited from the security.

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