Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vinsko and His Bill Troubles

In this Go Lackawanna article by Andrew Seder he highlights an unpaid school loan for Bill Vinsko who is making an attempt to garner the 11th Congressional District Democratic nod.

An outstanding student loan through Sallie Mae, incurred in 2000, is also listed totaling between $15,001 and $50,000.

Given Vinsko's wealth listed on his financial statement one has to wonder why he didn't pay off his student loan before amassing properties at the shore.

He also listed income through a rental property he owns in Brant Beach, N.J. He collected between $15,001 and $50,000 on the property last year. Three separate mortgages were taken out for that property. One through Hudson City Savings Bank was for between $250,001 and $500,000. Two others, through the Wilkes-Barre City Federal Credit Union, were each valued between $50,001 and $100,000.

Looking at the Property Database over at the Times Leader Bill Vinsko and his wife Paula own a property at Reliance Drive valued at $379,600.00 purchased in November, 2001.

According to state records Keystone Professional Pharmacy was started in April, 1999.

Further property search records reveal a tangle of tranactions concerning V Prop LLC.  V Prop appears to own the building for the address listed as Keystone Professional Pharmacy.  However it also owns the building where Judge William Amesbury kept his practice, 253 South Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA.  It is no secret that Amesbury is not a fan of Lou Barletta.  Over at Pittston Politics Joe Valenti makes this observation.

You see, Bill Amesbury was in Vinsko’s law office from 2003 until he won a spot on the bench. And, I’m sure Vinsko was quite supportive of Amesbury’s run for judge.
Now it’s time to return the favor.

While a District Justice is not allowed to participate in any partisan politics and you’ll never see them at a political rally, the District Justice network is a tight organization that takes care of their own.

What is the point of all this property.?  Well Mr. Vinsko lists his income on his financial statement as follows.

Vinsko, according to his 2011 financial statement, earned more money working as the Wilkes-Barre city attorney than he did from the private practice he owns with his brother Brian. He reported $46,841 in earnings from the city and $35,000 in earnings from Vinsko & Associates P.C. He also listed salaries from Riverfront Abstract Co., $4,560, and VPharm Inc., $11,769. He has a 50 percent ownership stake in the abstract company located at 318 S Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, and serves as president of VPharm, a local pharmacy that serves nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

He should give lessons on how to amass such wealth in properties on such little income.  But let's forget that for a moment and look to New Jersey to see if Vinsko pays his bills.

According to this 2007 filing by the Supreme Court of New Jersey

the Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (Fund) have reported to the Supreme Court the names of those attorneys who have neither made full payment to the Fund, the Disciplinary Oversight Committee, and the Lawyers Assistance Program for
the calendar year 2007, nor demonstrated that they are entitled to an exemption from making such

And the Court having had the Trustees send notice to each such attorney that unless all reporting and financial obligations were fully satisfied on or before August 24, 2007, his or her name would be published in the

New Jersey Law Journal and the New Jersey Lawyer together with an Order of the Court declaring him or her ineligible to practice law;


There are two more filings for 2008 and 2009.  As a result of his failure to pay into the fund for 2009 his license to practice in the state of New Jersey was administratively revoked by Supreme Court Order as linked on September 28,2009.

And this guy thinks he is a serious contender for a Congressional seat??  Uhhh.....okay.

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