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Ex-mayor pleads guilty to theft from W. Pa. hotel

There are 52 comments on the New Jersey Herald story from Aug 6, 2012, titled Ex-mayor pleads guilty to theft from W. Pa. hotel. In it, New Jersey Herald reports that:

The former mayor of Latrobe has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that he stole about $52,000 from hotel restaurant where he worked and will serve two years' probation after paying back the money.

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Anon

Latrobe, PA

#1 Aug 6, 2012
That article is in The NJ Herald. Latrobe's X-mayor also made front page news in today's Latrobe Bulletin. Another one of our city's finest. What a crook! Won't be visiting The Inn at Mt. View anytime soon.
52 grand is nothing

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 6, 2012
What's amazing to me is that he was only charged with a misdemeanor for stealing $52,000?

How does that happen?
Jim Kelly

Greensburg, PA

#3 Aug 7, 2012
better check those city books too, he lived a pretty lavish lifestyle for a hotel manager?
Hmmm

United States

#4 Aug 7, 2012
Wonder what the money was spent on? Does anyone know?
Jagger

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Aug 7, 2012
52 grand is nothing wrote:
What's amazing to me is that he was only charged with a misdemeanor for stealing $52,000?
How does that happen?
The article very clearly stated that it was a plea bargain arrangement. In order to avoid possible jail time, it seems that he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. It's a fairly common practice.
Jagger

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Aug 7, 2012
Jim Kelly wrote:
better check those city books too, he lived a pretty lavish lifestyle for a hotel manager?
Jim, is that a statement or a question?

Please provide an example....'lavish' is a relative term.
transplant

Charlotte, NC

#7 Aug 7, 2012
52 grand is nothing wrote:
What's amazing to me is that he was only charged with a misdemeanor for stealing $52,000?
How does that happen?
What part of Plea Bargain did you miss? Most times in a case such as this, it is quicker to plead guilty to a lesser charge than to run the case through many years of litigation.
52 grand is nothing

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Aug 7, 2012
transplant wrote:
What part of Plea Bargain did you miss? Most times in a case such as this, it is quicker to plead guilty to a lesser charge than to run the case through many years of litigation.
By definition, in PA law, theft of anything over $400 is a felony. I just don't see how there's a category for a $52,000 misdemeanor.
latrobe country club

Latrobe, PA

#9 Aug 7, 2012
He is a new club member.
Jagger

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Aug 7, 2012
52 grand is nothing wrote:
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By definition, in PA law, theft of anything over $400 is a felony. I just don't see how there's a category for a $52,000 misdemeanor.
What a person is charged with can be very different to what they cop a plea to.

Obviously the state's case against Mr. Marflak was not sufficient enough for the prosecution to feel comfortable that they could get a felony conviction against him.

You don't 'see' it because you (and the rest of us) are not privy to the particulars of the case, as well as the evidence against Mr. Marflak.
Danelle

Greensburg, PA

#11 Aug 7, 2012
latrobe country club wrote:
He is a new club member.
no he is not.
pass through grants

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Aug 7, 2012
Latrobe's books have been "cooked" for a while. Marflak is the least of the city's problems.
Goodbye Blue Monday

Latrobe, PA

#13 Aug 7, 2012
Jagger wrote:
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Jim, is that a statement or a question?
Please provide an example....'lavish' is a relative term.
Some people consider it lavish to pay their mortgage.
Anon

Latrobe, PA

#14 Aug 7, 2012
52 grand is nothing wrote:
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By definition, in PA law, theft of anything over $400 is a felony. I just don't see how there's a category for a $52,000 misdemeanor.
I agree. Always thought of a misdemeanor as something that wasn't all that bad.$52,000 is a helluva lota $$$! He's getting a mere slap on the wrist. Pay it back & make everything all better. Must have a damn good lawyer...&/or know someone really important!
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#15 Aug 7, 2012
What’s the mystery here? It’s the typical example of a class of people that lives above the law. All one needs is to hold a government office and have a means to accumulate more wealth illegally. As long as certain wheels get greased, the snake slips away unharmed. This case has a dollar amount fitting the level of office.

Bump it up to the President of the United States and the same corrupt dynamic appears exactly…only proportionately higher in the amount of money and severity of crime. Have a business in oil and accumulate wealth by starting an illegal war with a country that won’t give you its oil. Grease a lot of wheels in government that can cash in on the crime by providing the tools for war and the items necessary for the rebuilding of the destroyed country.

And those snakes slipped away also…with impunity and not even a slap on the wrist.

When are you people going to wake up?
Maverick

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Aug 7, 2012
In my opinion ethics in business are very important. This person may have been a very well liked and popular mayor but he had to have known that he was breaking an ethical boundry if not the law when he skimmed money or whatever he did wrong. the public trust is important especially in goverment and I think justice has been served correctly.
bowie

Latrobe, PA

#17 Aug 7, 2012
Jagger wrote:
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What a person is charged with can be very different to what they cop a plea to.
Obviously the state's case against Mr. Marflak was not sufficient enough for the prosecution to feel comfortable that they could get a felony conviction against him.
You don't 'see' it because you (and the rest of us) are not privy to the particulars of the case, as well as the evidence against Mr. Marflak.
Please provide evidence why you used the phrase "Obviously the state's case against...was not sufficient". Are you saying that in 100% of plea bargains of this type, the ONLY reason is that the the "prosecution" doe not feel "comfortable that they could get a felony conviction." Let's see the evidence that supports your claim jagr...or isn't there any??? Why so "Obvious.."
Jagger

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Aug 8, 2012
bowie wrote:
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Please provide evidence why you used the phrase "Obviously the state's case against...was not sufficient". Are you saying that in 100% of plea bargains of this type, the ONLY reason is that the the "prosecution" doe not feel "comfortable that they could get a felony conviction." Let's see the evidence that supports your claim jagr...or isn't there any??? Why so "Obvious.."
The prosecution and the judge must agree to the plea bargain arrangement with Mr. Marflak's attorney. If the prosecution had not agreed to the plea bargain,, it would have been just as obvious that the prosecutors had enough for a felony conviction.
LOK

United States

#19 Aug 8, 2012
Folks it is common understanding that the gangsters/mafia have shifted to politics and have become politicians ages ago here in this great state. I thought every one knew this. So now that you know, you understand right????
private schools rock

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 Aug 8, 2012
LOK wrote:
Folks it is common understanding that the gangsters/mafia have shifted to politics and have become politicians ages ago here in this great state. I thought every one knew this. So now that you know, you understand right????
I still wanna know, who runs Latrobe?

I mean, the Mayor steals from his employer; the club Boards of Directors (for the little men's clubs), rob the clubs blind; the town continues to pay for services that it doesn't need, and doesn't get; the town can't seem to re-invent itself -- god forbid that it hire a team of consultants to do this; the town has known house of ill repute; some people are so poor that they can't even think; there's no cohesive effort to bring industry to the town...

If any mafia runs Latrobe, it's gotta be the dumbest f-in mafia in the world, and its "product" is stealthily hidden underground...

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