David Saks: Five Charged with Wilkes-Barre Employees Federal Credit Union Fraud

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Five Charged with Wilkes-Barre Employees Federal Credit Union Fraud

Five Charged with Fraud in Wilkes-Barre City

Employees Federal Credit Union Investigation

U.S. Attorney’s Office August 21, 2014
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-4482

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Grand Jury in Scranton returned indictments Tuesday charging five members of the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union with conspiracy and bank fraud. The indictments were sealed pending the arrests and/or voluntary surrender of the defendants today.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith,

  1. Tino Ninotti, age 35,
  2. Jason Anthony, age 34,
  3. Leo Glodzik, age 43,
  4. Amanda Magda, age 30, and
  5. Jeffrey Serafin, age 35,

were charged in three separate indictments related to activities of the credit union. Glodzik is also charged with tampering with a witness. Magda was the assistant manager at the Credit Union; Jason Anthony is a Wilkes-Barre City Police Officer; Ninotti is a former Wilkes-Barre City Police officer; Glodzik is a contractor whose company had a towing contract with the City of Wilkes-Barre.

Four of the defendants appeared today before Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in federal court in Wilkes-Barre. Ninotti, Anthony and Glodzik were released from custody and ordered to report to pretrial services. Glodzik was ordered to surrender his passport. Serafin was released on his own recognizance. The hearing for Magda is expected to take place later today.

The indictments, unsealed today, allege that the defendants, during 2014, individually or by aiding and abetting one another, secured loans from the Credit Union by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, including the use of false collateral, the stolen identities of others who were not aware of loans in their names, and forgery. Magda and Anthony are charged in one indictment; Ninotti, Glodzik and Magda in a second indictment; and Serafin alone in the third indictment.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison and fines in the amount of $1,000,000.

According to the U.S. Attorney the charges are a significant step in an ongoing corruption investigation by the FBI. The case represents the pursuit of allegations against individuals; the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office value the close working relationships they have with local police departments, including Wilkes-Barre’s, and with honest police officers. These relationships will continue.

The prosecution is the result of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) which plays an integral role in investigations of fraud and public corruption. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

Luzerne County citizens, as well as employees and officials of local government are urged to come forward and provide relevant information about this case and others involving corruption in local government by contacting the Scranton FBI Office at 570-344-2404.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including

  1. the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense;
  2. the history and characteristics of the defendant;
  3. and the need to punish the defendant,
  4. protect the public
  5. and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.

For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsDavid Saks • August 22 2014 08:52AM

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WOW this is just appalling and after hundred and thousands have gone down do people NOT learn the wrong way is going to catch up to you!!!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

Hey there ,

great post! thanks for bringing this up here...

keep posting 

 

have a great weekend!

Posted by Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243 (Red 1 Realty) over 5 years ago

The tighter the legislation, the craftier the swindle, David. They'll find the loopholes, but they'll go down in time.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

Thank you, Christopher.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

David: I am surprised the indicted were released on their on recognizance. These charges are very serious and as you stated, will come with long prison terms if found guilty. Crime and self-serving enterprises do not pay.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 5 years ago

Thank you, Norman. Have a fine weekend.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

David, Not only does it appear to be theft but it sounds like one of them is in even more serious trouble for tampering with a witness.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) over 5 years ago

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