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#604 Jul 9, 2014
Corruption in Port Vue and now Versailles. We have to be thankful that
that our beloved City, International Village, mechanical device fees accounting, and Palisades have no audit findings or fiscal shenanigans.
By Eric Slagle
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4:16 a.m.
Updated 7 hours ago
A former Versailles secretary has been charged with stealing more than $30,000 from the borough.
Jennifer Richards, 31, of Larimer, Westmoreland County, was charged on Tuesday for allegedly misappropriating $30,657.70 in borough funds while she was secretary.
Richards was hired by the borough on Oct. 15, 2012, and fired on Dec. 9 for failing to show up for work and lack of work, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Allegheny County District Attorney's office.
After her termination, borough officials asked then-interim secretary Barbara Warhold to reconcile the borough's accounts.
Her initial review showed that the borough's accounts hadn't been reconciled since August 2013 and that Richards allegedly made a series of questionable ATM purchases and withdrawals on borough accounts and issued unauthorized checks to herself.
Further review of borough finances by the accounting firm of Hosack, Specht, Mutzel & Wood LLP revealed that Richards allegedly made 22 unauthorized point of sale purchases and 10 ATM withdrawals totaling $4,095.75; issued four unauthorized payroll checks to herself worth $4,678.74; and altered or issued 19 other unauthorized checks worth a total of $21,883.21.
At the time of her hiring, Richards was interviewed by council and the mayor and was not known to any borough officials prior to her employment, according to the complaint.
The borough initially notified the district attorney's office of the potential theft on Dec. 18.
Borough Solicitor Pat McGrail said on Tuesday that the borough has cooperated fully with the district attorney's office and was “pleased that the investigation has been completed.”
Council president Emerson Fazekas said of the matter,“It is sad that it happened.”
He said the secretary's position is bonded and the borough may be able to recover some of the lost funds.
Richards was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Miller in White Oak on Tuesday on felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and access device fraud and a misdemeanor count of misapplication of entrusted property.
Richards waived the case to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Her formal arraignment is set for Aug. 21.
Richards' attorney Tom Farrell declined comment.
Versailles is preparing to take legal action against another former employee.
At a regular meeting on Monday, council voted to file suit against former police Chief William Kruczek for the return of a computer borough officials said he was issued for work.
Borough officials say Kruczek — who was police chief for about 30 years — has not responded to requests for the return of the computer.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can
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#605 Jul 9, 2014
Let he who has not taken a little money or even touched a farm animal in a provocative way throw the first stone. It's just a phase, people. We all go through it. In regards to the farm animals, I'd argue an acquired taste.
#606 Jul 10, 2014
Think of the corrupt government of PA as a club. The initiation is simple for any who want to be true insiders.
As terrible as this sounds, each prospective club member MUST have sex with a child, male or female. From that point, there is no turning back. No chance for forgiveness, understanding or mercy. This is why there are no explanations for agencies like CYS not doing their job, not protecting children.
This same information can be applied to many unsolved murders in McKeesport, especially the murder of young girls.
Also, I was contacted by a reliable source who counseled female victims from McKeesport who claimed their attackers bragged about their roles as Vikings and Romans.
Most recently, the pope excommunicated all mobsters. He also likened child sex abuse by priests to Satanism. Guess I was right about John Wellinger. Funny how parishioners in Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin, the West Mifflin police department and local West Mifflin politicians were so eager to protect a Satanic Catholic priest.
The same can be said about former McKeesport Mayor Lou Washowich and his police chief Tom Brletic.
I anxiously await all of the negative comments from the fans of the Jimmy Brewster cult.
#607 Jul 11, 2014
It's very easy to cover up any crime when the government is corrupt. No one can doubt that the McKeesport government is and always has been corrupt. As far as the police force, just as the police chief in Forward Township if it's possible to corrupt a McKeesport police officer.
No comebacks for the crazy guy who needs to get a life.
The worthless Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group is behind all the pain and agony from drug distribution, prostitution, etc. Even a dago DA can't silence the truth.
#608 Jul 11, 2014
To cover up any crime you just need the right people in power, like the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group. Even the so-called good dagos know I'm telling the truth.
You have never witnessed so much silence from so many cowards.
#609 Jul 11, 2014
Not too different from how the machine and power brokers covered up the corruption investigations and gambling indictments in the City.
In Port Vue employees who steal scrap and the proceeds got fired. In the City the person got a five figure incentive to retire after everyone knew he was going to retire anyway and got away with all the unaccounted scrap funds for years.
#610 Jul 12, 2014
PA government, the 5th most corrupt state in the union, is responsible for policing itself. I believe that's called "Catch 22".
#611 Jul 12, 2014
McKeesport should be number one in corruption in Commonwealth Third Class Cities.
One of the biggest narc squads in the Commonwealth and no reported drug bust$.
Our student mayor may have misspoke to a citizen's town hall up near Union street when he proclaimed the Daily News neglected to report the drug raids. The City friendly reporter did not respond well when the reporter heard that flagrant lie BUT DID NOT REPORT THE LIE.
#612 Jul 13, 2014
The truth about rotten governments continue to unravel. If the Prime Minister of England did it, no doubt the scoundrels we call elected officials in the US did the same; and are doing it right now.
Read for yourself. I research the news where few choose to look. Maybe it's time to demand that thieves like Jimmy Brewster step down. We can only imagine how rotten he is as a person and as a politician.
#613 Jul 13, 2014
Making the Porky scandal go away was very costly. Lots of money was needed to pay off all the right politicians including AG. McKeesport politicians lead cult boss Jimmy Brewster are scrambling to recover lost funds anyway imaginable. Partnering with drug dealers is the quickest way to replenish funds.
Here's an example of what happens in other towns when government workers get caught stealing, unlike town of McKeesport where government workers are actually trained in proper methods of stealing from taxpayers.
#614 Jul 13, 2014
I love the Catholic organization......IN GOD WE TRUST !!
Keep giving to the Catholic church to keep these pedophiles out of jail.
The Vatican hires very expensive attorneys.
Former bishop charged with corrupting a minor
Duane Youngblood, former bishop at Higher Call World Outreach Church in Homestead, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of corrupting a minor.
A victim reported he was molested during church counseling sessions with Youngblood over the course of two-and-a-half years, before the sessions finally ended in 2011. In the criminal complaint, police detailed the assaults that took place in a back room and adjoining bathroom in Youngblood's office.
Youngblood reportedly told the victim, who was 16 when the sessions began, "We are not going to speak about this."
In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual assault after another victim came forward and revealed he sexually abused him in 2002. The former bishop told the boy, who was 15 at the time, to pray during a counseling session, then pulled down the boy's pants and assaulted him.
He was sentenced to serve one year of intermediate punishment and seven years probation. The judge also ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and banned him from contacting the victim or any other children.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/...
#615 Jul 13, 2014
Here is another town that fires scumbags stealing tax payers dollars.
Port Vue Borough employees charged with stealing metal, scrapping it for cash
Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/port-vue-borough-emp...
#616 Jul 13, 2014
A hobo who claimed to be a priest would only take my confession if I submitted to a body search. Well like a dum dum dum, I went along with his advice. Ended up spending most of the confession session requesting forgiveness for the body search. Those crazy hobo, when will8 they learn?
#617 Jul 14, 2014
So does Lemoyne Boro and they may even take their pensions!
Lemoyne Borough Council fires two employees for 'misconduct' involving scrap metal sales
By Allison Dougherty | Special to PennLive
July 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM, updated July 11, 2014 at 7:10 AM
LEMOYNE — The Lemoyne Borough Council voted Thursday to terminate the employment of two men who police said are under investigation for allegedly questionable scrap metal sales.
In two 6-0 votes, council voted to separate John P. "Jack" O'Neill and John Paden from employment with the borough effective June 10. Council Member Dennis McGee was absent.
In her motions to terminate O'Neill and Paden, Council Member Suzanne Yenchko referred to "misconduct" involving both men.
Council did not make any other statements before the votes. When asked before the meeting about the possible vote to terminate O'Neill, Bruce Barnes, treasurer of the Lemoyne Municipal Authority, had no comment.
Paden, the borough's former maintenance supervisor, and O'Neill, Lemoyne's former sewer supervisor, were subjects of a recent West Shore Regional Police Department investigation into whether money from scrap metal sales, meant for the borough, was kept by Paden and O'Neill.
Two search warrants filed May 30 by West Shore police revealed that police searched two bank accounts held by Paden after suspicions were raised that he was keeping borough money turned over to him by other employees after they sold metal for scrap.
The affidavit filed in support of the search warrant application says Paden told borough officials he would split the profits with O'Neill.
A third search warrant also filed with Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth Beckley's Office in June states that Howard Dougherty also may have received some of those proceeds.
In the June warrant, police also said that during a May 27 interview of Paden, he told police he split the money with both O'Neill and Dougherty.
Dougherty has formerly served as Lemoyne's borough manager, West Shore Regional Police chief and president of the West Shore School District School Board.
No criminal charges have been filed against Paden, O'Neill or Dougherty as of Thursday. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
West Shore Police Chief Michael Hope in an interview before the council meeting said police have completed their investigation and are waiting for Freed "to approve the filing of charges."
Police expect to meet with Freed over the next couple weeks to move forward, Hope said.
Paden and O'Neill are longtime borough employees. Paden has been employed by the borough since April 1982 and O'Neill since November 1979. Both men on May 19 were put on administrative leave and have been on unpaid leave since June 10.
When asked if Paden and O'Neill would keep their pensions, Borough Council President Stacy Gromlich before Thursday's meeting said that is still under review by borough officials.
#618 Jul 14, 2014
take away their pensions and benefits they had a good job but got greedy scumbag thieves.
they were given warnings in the past what didn't they understand.
these idiots need to be an example for this town no stealing tax payer money
#619 Jul 15, 2014
I attempted to confirm this report on the prothonotaries site and end up owing them a whopping $5000 for the effort. Free site my eye.
#620 Jul 18, 2014
Gregory R. Zappala, Western PA Child Care, PA Child Care, Gladstone Partners and several other companies filed a lawsuit today claiming that convicted businessman Robert Powell and several other individuals and firms tricked them into business relationships that ultimately led to huge losses as the “Kids-for-Cash” scandal unfolded.
Powell “induced Mr. Zappala into business relationships for the purpose of plundering the Plaintiffs of millions of dollars that Robert Powell used to assure the success [of his law firm] by bribing Luzerne County” judicial officials, according to the complaint.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/0...
#621 Jul 18, 2014
The other option for Gregory Zappala is to whack Robert Powell and his cronies like the New York mob whacked his Gregory's great uncle, John Bazzano Sr. Read all about it.
#622 Jul 19, 2014
You would never be able to confirm a report for a measly $5K. I heard the going price is at least $25K unless you know the Porkster or one of the well connected almighty elected official from the Port.
#623 Jul 19, 2014
I could really buy a lot of crack and meth with 25K. Yeah Baby....even have a line of body search clients to keep my jazz hands occupied. Yeah baby!!
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