Friday, April 11, 2008

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit part deux

Only in Luzerne County can someone steal over $100,000 from the taxpayers and be sentenced to house arrest.

Deeds office thief given home arrest

Carl Salitis, a former employee in the Recorder of Deeds office, was sentenced Thursday to nine to 18 months of house arrest plus five years probation for stealing more than $100,000 from the office.

Judge Mark Ciavarella also waived the electronic ankle bracelet and supervision fees so he can use the money he would have to pay for that to put towards restitution. He gave a similar sentence to another thief, Robert Pritchard, in the Recorder of Deeds office.

With over $300,000 missing from the office it's no wonder that he was able to organize such affordable trips to ball games.

If me or you got caught stuffing over a hundred grand of the company's money into our pockets I'm sure we wouldn't be sentenced to watching TV on our couch.

In other news; last month five people were jailed for failure to pay child support.


D.B. Echo said...

So now if somebody commits a crime and wants to plead guuilty to a lesser offense, can they choose this one?

Anonymous said...

Judge Ciaverella is well known for going soft on defendants who are "connected" and extremely harsh on those that are not. Oh well, it's not like anyone is going to vote not to retain him next time around.
By the way, it would be interesting to see when Salitas' turned over ownership of his home to his wife's name or if it was always in her name. Did he possibly see this coming years ago and cleverly prepared?? Good move on his part.