Thursday, November 4, 2010
Former Clerk of Court Robert Reilly Sentenced
In the ongoing saga surrounding Luzerne County corruption the Times Leader reports that former Clerk of Court Robert Reilly was sentenced to two years probation for lying to federal agents.
SCRANTON - Former Luzerne County Clerk of Court Robert Reilly was sentenced today to two years probation for lying to federal agents about the amount of money he received from a contractor who did business with his office.
Reilly appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy, who also ordered Reilly to pay a $1,000 fine, and perform 50 hours of community service at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in WIlkes-Barre.
Reilly pleaded guilty in July to providing false information to an FBI agent. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Reilly lied to agents who questioned him about payments that were made to him by Barton Weidlich, a Pittston construction contractor who did work in Reilly office and other county offices.
Speaking moments after he was sentenced to two years probation for lying to federal agents, Reilly said the crime did not involve his role as a public official. He therefore does not believe it should impact his pension, Reilly said.
Reilly had served as clerk of courts for 22 years prior to his arrest in April.