A former political big-wig with a criminal past is back at work and now collects a check from the Democratic Party in Philadelphia.
Fox 29 Investigates has learned former city ward leader and ex-con Carlos Matos is working in the offices of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee.
City Democratic Leader Congressman Bob Brady confirmed Thursday he has hired Matos at $10-an-hour, working an eight-hour day to do petitions.
He said Matos started work last week and will stay with the Democratic City Committee for two months.
Matos is the former leader of the 19th Ward in Philadelphia, mostly in the Kensington neighborhood. He was convicted and sent to federal prison in 2007 for bribing several Atlantic City council members.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site lists Matos as assigned to a Philadelphia community corrections office at 2nd and Chestnut Street.
Asked if he was concerned about Matos' bribery conviction and his employment with the city's Democratic Party, Brady said Matos wasn't handling money and argued that you have to give people a second chance, Cole reported.