Saturday, March 23, 2019

Former Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

On Friday, former Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts, Steven Lukach, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and falsifying recording.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District, Lukach was indicted in the Summer of 2018 on 20 counts of mail and wire fraud and manufacturing records to obstruct an investigation.

The indictment alleged that from 2013 to 2014, auditors with the Controller's Office began an in-depth examination of the Clerk's Office, which discovered misappropriation of funds by Lukach.

During an FBI investigation and while the audit was going on, Lukach allegedly interfered with the audit by stealing mail, forging records and sending fake bank records to the Controller's Office, according to the release.

The total maximum possible sentence for the charges is a combination of 40 years of imprisonment and/or fines totaling $500,000, six years of supervised release, the costs of prosecution, denial of certain federal benefits and an assessment totaling $200.

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