First Pennsylvania Turnpike defendant up will fight charges

Raymond Zajicek, 67, 731 Hidden Lake Drive, Tarpon Springs, FL, is charged with two counts theft by unlawful taking, two counts theft by deception, two counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions, one count of unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, and one count of simple assault

May 13, 2013 5:14:36 AM PDT
The first of eight defendants to have a preliminary hearing in a state corruption investigation into the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is planning to contest the charges.

Former turnpike employee Raymond Zajicek was scheduled for a Monday preliminary hearing.

The 68-year-old Zajicek is retired from his $110,000-a-year job as fare collection operations manager and is living in Florida. He's facing eight charges, including four theft counts.

Most of the allegations against Zajicek in a March grand jury report dealt with allegedly performing personal errands on state time. But it also says he occasionally made political fundraising calls during the work day or he requested turnpike employees to perform political activities.

The report described him as a close associate of commission CEO Joe Brimmeier, who is also facing charges.