Public officials and those with management responsibilities in public organizations, like workers unions, often face a great deal of scrutiny. People are quick to make allegations concerning wrongdoing, mismanagement of funds, or other inappropriate behavior. Sometimes these allegations lead to criminal charges, which can have serious consequences. Pennsylvania officials and residents who are charged with fraud, embezzlement or other white collar crimes should understand that they have rights throughout the process.
Prosecutors in Northeastern Pennsylvania expend significant resources trying to make examples of individuals accused of white collar crimes such as embezzlement. Moreover, a judge may hand down an especially tough sentence if a defendant is found guilty of stealing funds while in a position of trust or power.
When public officials or other prominent figures are accused of corruption or some other white collar crime, the allegations can sometimes split whole communities. That was the case in Moosic, where a former councilman and volunteer firefighter was accused of stealing nearly $400,000 in fire department funds.