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CASE UPDATE: Former Scranton School District Fleet Manager Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft Charge

June 20, 2019 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Daniel Sansky, the former Fleet Manager for the Scranton School Distict (SSD), pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge for overbilling the district for work performed, billing for work done on the personal cars of district employees, and related offenses. Sansky pleaded guilty to Theft by Deception. He faces up to 23 ½ months in prison and more than $31,000 in restitution.

Sansky was arrested and charged in September 2018 after a statewide grand jury investigation found that he routinely overbilled the SSD for incomplete repair work, and parts and labor on SSD vechicles. For example, Sansky once billed $53,000 for installing 114 tires on a single SSD garbage truck over just a several-year period. He also performed free auto work for certain SSD employees and their family members.

“The defendant used his position of public trust to defraud the Scranton School District out of taxpayer funding that should have been going towards school supplies, updated technology, and other advancements for the students of Pennsylvania,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “I’m proud of the hard work of my Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Grand Jury, to put a stop to his criminal behavior. Wherever we find a public official abusing their position of authority, we will investigate and prosecute to hold them accountable for betraying Pennsylvanians’ trust.”

The defendant’s plea is part of an ongoing investigation into overbilling and corruption within the SSD. Gregg Sunday, the former Deputy Superintendent of Finance for the SSD, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conflict of interest in March 2019.

The plea was entered at the Lackawanna County Courthouse. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Erik Olsen.

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