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December 2015 Archives

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of hotel maid for theft

This blog has posted a number of stories about people violating a position of trust for personal gain, such as bookkeepers, office managers and salespersons. A recent arrest demonstrates that even hotel housekeepers can face criminal charges for taking advantage of access to the property of hotel guests.

Bookkeeper charged with stealing $27,000 from dentist's office

The widespread use of credit cards by small businesses in Lackawanna County and elsewhere often provides opportunities for embezzlement of company funds by persons entrusted to manage those funds. A prime example of this kind of office crime is the Lackawanna woman who has recently been charged with a crime for using a company credit card to steal almost $27,000 from her employer.

Mental incompetence of defendant delays murder trial

Most people in Pennsylvania are aware that a criminal defendant's mental health may prevent a conviction, but few people realize that the mental health of the defendant is really a two-level test. The first test is a determination of whether the defendant is capable of understanding the trial proceedings and assisting in his defense. In other words, is the defendant mentally competent to stand trial?

Assault charges may become homicide charges

A case that began with an unusual arrest and resulted in aggravated assault charges against a Scranton man may ultimately become a murder case. The final charges may not be known for several weeks because they will depend upon the outcome of a lengthy medical inquiry by the Lackawanna County coroner.

Informant leads to heroin arrest in Carbondale

Persons involved in heroin trafficking in Lackawanna County often travel to New Jersey to obtain drugs that are then sold in eastern Pennsylvania. Occasionally, friends ride along on the trip, and sometimes these friends turn out to be police informants. In a recent case, police obtained information from an informant about a drug buying trip to New Jersey that led to the arrest of a Carbondale man on assorted drug charges.

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