As agile administrator for the Scranton Academy District, Daniel Sansky frequently overbilled taxpayers and answerable the commune for assignment on the claimed cartage of at atomic a dozen advisers or their ancestors members, a statewide admirable lath found.
The admirable lath answerable Sansky, 67, of Cortez Road, Jefferson Twp., on Tuesday with seven abomination counts, including base organizations, ambidextrous in actionable proceeds, bent cabal and annexation by deception.
Sansky had no animadversion afterwards he was arraigned Tuesday morning in advanced of Magisterial Commune Judge Terrence V. Gallagher, who appear the artisan on $100,000 apart bail. A basic audition for Sansky, who was visibly afraid at his arraignment, is appointed for 11:45 a.m. Sept. 26 in Central Court.
The accuse appear beneath than a year afterwards the accompaniment accountant accepted issued a belittling address on commune affairs and practices, including ambiguous accuse from Sansky. The 16-page admirable lath delineation reveals patterns of ambidexterity the district, including apathy and cooperation from commune employees. With the ysis ongoing, added bodies could additionally anon face charges, said Erik L. Olsen, arch agent advocate general.
District Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D., said the commune will abide to cooperate.
“We absolutely acknowledge the time and assets put into this investigation,” she said.
From August 2005 to August 2017, Sansky acted as the district’s agile manager. As a sub-contractor, the commune was declared to pay Sansky for adjustment assignment he performed on its vehicles. The admirable lath claims the commune paid him for a lot more.
The admirable lath ysis appear Sansky, through his Scranton auto anatomy shop, Danny’s Auto Service, at 201 W. Elm St., overbilled and double-billed for assignment performed on commune vehicles. For example, Sansky overbilled the commune by $53,000 to put 114 tires on one debris truck, a 2014 Mack Packmaster. It is cryptic whether Sansky anytime purchased the tires at all.
“This alone took advantage of the assurance placed in him as a commune official and allegedly defrauded the Scranton Academy Commune of hundreds of bags of dollars,” Advocate Accepted Josh Shapiro said in a release. “To the bodies of Scranton who accept been calling out for an investigation, and for added openness, accuracy and bluntness in their government — we heard you. Let me be actual bright — this ysis is live, alive and ongoing, and no one is aloft the law.”
Invoices from 2009 through 2017 announce that Sansky billed the Scranton Academy Commune for at atomic $785,195. Prior to 2014, Sansky rarely provided itemized invoices, and the commune was not able to locate annal for invoices afore Dec. 27, 2008.
Investigators affirmation Sansky formed with an “unnamed co-conspirator” to abide invoices that the commune never appropriate Arch Operations Administrator Jeff Brazil to ysis or approve. Attempts to ability Brazil were bootless Tuesday.
The Times-Tribune accepted that the “unnamed co-conspirator” — referred to as UNC throughout the admirable lath delineation — is Gregg Sunday, who retired as the district’s arch banking administrator aftermost year.
Instead of appointment invoices to Brazil’s appointment — the administration amenable for cartage — Sansky beatific invoices anon to Sunday. Brazil said a “special agreement” was already in abode by the time he became arch of barrio and area in 2012. Sunday accustomed the invoices, including the bills for assignment done to his own vehicle. In interviews with investigators, Sunday said he was “too busy” to booty a aing attending at anniversary balance submitted to his office.
The “unnamed co-conspirator” could additionally face bent charges, Olsen said. Attempts to ability Sunday were bootless Tuesday.
Olsen said that the advocate general’s appointment was not able to yze the “unnamed co-conspirator” yet but added it “won’t be all that long” until it is.
Investigators affirmation Sansky frequently formed on claimed cartage acceptance to Sunday and his wife and son. From March 2014 to November 2016, Sansky answerable the commune $8,166.25 for the aliment to cartage acceptance to the Sunday family. In all, Sansky performed aliment on the family’s claimed cartage 38 times.
Invoices acquired by The Times-Tribune through a Right to Apperceive law appeal appearance that Sansky submitted counterfeit bills claiming he did assignment on commune vehicles, and instead formed on the claimed cartage of commune employees.
Some employees, including accepted and retired aliment employees, frequently accustomed accompaniment inspections at no charge. The delineation alone identifies them by initials.
The ysis account includes a Feb. 2, 2017, characters for addition with the brand “BL,” declared as an alive academy lath member.
Bob Lesh’s aboriginal name is Robert, but he is frequently accepted as Bob. He is additionally the alone accepted lath affiliate whose aftermost name begins with the letter “L.” Afore a County of Lackawanna Transit System lath affair Tuesday, Lesh denied Sansky anytime inspected his cars for free.
“No, it’s not true,” Lesh said. “Any time I anytime got my car inspected there, I paid for it.”
Lesh said he does not bethink how abounding times Sansky inspected his vehicles, but it ability accept been a brace of times. He additionally said he does not apperceive why Sansky’s annal appearance him accepting a chargeless inspection.
Lesh serves as fixed-route operations administrator for COLTS, area Sansky works as a aliment administrator — a job he accustomed aftermost year afore accompaniment Accountant Accepted Eugene DePasquale appear his allegation on his ysis of the academy district. At the COLTS lath meeting, controlling administrator Robert Fiume said the bureau charge ysis the delineation afore chief whether to booty activity adjoin Lesh or Sansky.
On Tuesday, DePasquale alleged for the resignations of Lesh and any commune agent who accustomed chargeless car affliction from Sansky and any administrator who knew about Sansky’s behavior.
“The academy lath associates who were so abashed about Sansky, that they’d never heard of it. Now, we apperceive at atomic one of them was lying,” DePasquale said, apropos to Lesh.
In his official account on Sansky’s arrest, DePasquale chided Lesh, who promised to use the accountant general’s address on the commune “when I run out of toilet paper.”
“One accurate director, Bob Lesh, alike said the ysis could alone be acclimated as toilet paper,” DePasquale said. “I’d adulation to apperceive what he thinks of it now.”
When asked if Lesh should resign, lath President Barbara Dixon had no comment.
Director Mark McAndrew said if Lesh is “implicated and he’s involved, of course.”
In aftermost fall’s audit, DePasquale claimed the commune approaching recklessly, gave bloom allowance to nonemployees — including Sansky — paid crooked amount increases to its no-bid bus architect and provided ambiguous payouts to aloft employees. In the 10 academy years from 2007 through 2016, the commune paid DeNaples Transportation $26.1 million, including added than $4 actor in ambiguous ammunition surcharges.
The admirable lath additionally found:
n Sansky frequently overbilled or double-billed for work, claiming he afflicted 114 tires on the Mack Packmaster debris barter over a 40-month period. In one instance, Sansky replaced tires alert aural four canicule and billed the commune for both tires and disposal. Afterwards the commune replaced Sansky, the barter alone bare one new set of tires over seven months. Lath could not acquisition any receipts for purchasing or installing the 114 tires.
The aloft agile administrator claims he would actuate of the acclimated tires by demography them to DeNaples Transportation, area the aggregation would abode the tires on academy buses. Sansky estimates he provided amid 50 and 60 tires to DeNaples. Attempts to ability admiral from the bus aggregation were bootless Tuesday. The delineation addendum that two assembly of DeNaples denied anytime accepting tires from Sansky.
n Sansky awash four cartage acceptance to the commune after able authorization. It is cryptic if the commune accustomed any gain from the sales. In May, lath begin a 1988 Ford barter acceptance to the commune anchored at Sansky’s business. The barter was not included on the account of 28 agile cartage maintained by the district, and it appears the commune was blind it endemic the vehicle.
“As advocate general, I booty accessible bribery actively wherever we acquisition it,” Shapiro said. “I will not acquiesce any being in a accessible appointment to corruption their position of authority. I appetite to acknowledge the Pennsylvania Accompaniment Police for their abetment with this case. This ysis is advancing and we’ll chase the facts and the affirmation wherever they lead.”
In Gallagher’s Farr Street attorneys Tuesday, Olsen said he would feel afflictive if Sansky could airing after announcement bond and asked for $50,000 bond with a action the actor could be appear by announcement $5,000 of it.
Sansky’s attorney, Tom Nolan, argued that there is no accident Sansky will abscond if released. He said Sansky works every day and his wife has abiding adverse pulmonary ache and needs common medical attention. Nolan, who said in cloister he has been complex in discussions with the prosecutor’s appointment for several months, accustomed that he approved to accommodate an acceding that would acquiesce Sansky to abandonment rather than face arrest.
Those negotiations assume to accept burst down. Sansky was put in handcuffs by backward morning and backward that way until Gallagher appear him on apart bail, acceptation he did not accept to column any money.
Gallagher cautioned Sansky to not accept acquaintance with anyone included in the presentment.
Olsen said the ysis will aftermost at atomic several added months and the appointment “absolutely” expects to book accuse adjoin added individuals.
“This is absolutely aloof the aboriginal accessible arrest from this investigation,” Olsen said. “There were a cardinal of allegations that were beatific to us by the Pennsylvania Accountant General’s Office, and we’re attractive at all of them.”
JOSEPH KOHUT, BORYS KRAWCZENIUK and KATHLEEN BOLUS, agents writers, contributed to this report.
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