Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Luzerne County Shenanigans

Even the barber had a gig going.

The former barber at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility pleaded guilty today to charges he stole nearly $6,000 from the county by overstating the number of inmate haircuts he performed.

Robert M. Licata, 52, of Linden Street, West Pittston, faces up to 14 years in prison on charges of theft by deception and tampering with public records or information. Prosecutors said Licata turned in at least 17 fictitious sign-in sheets for inmates' haircuts between Dec. 26, 2006, and Dec. 1, 2008.

The fictitious sheets were duplicates of legitimate sign-in sheets, enabling Licata to pocket an extra $5,982, prosecutors said.

The prison paid Licata $6 per haircut and a total of $68,170 from June 2005 through June 2009. The prison fired Licata in June 2009.

Licata agreed to pay back the overcharges.

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