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English: Portrait of Pennsylvania State Senator .

English: Portrait of Pennsylvania State Senator . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A senior Pennsylvania state senator faces allegations he violated rules of professional conduct for lawyers while working for a Utah-based company that helps find heirs to people who died without leaving a will.

The Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board this week scheduled an October trial in the case of Dauphin County Republican Sen. Jeff Piccola, who’s chairman of the Education Committee.

A 72-page complaint filed June 29 by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel claims Piccola’s violations include a rule that prohibits dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

Piccola’s lawyer denies the allegations against him, and he says he was never in a position where he had a true conflict of interest.

The charges relate to his dealings as local lawyer for Salt Lake City-based Kemp and Associates, an heir-hunting firm.

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