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Longtime Pennsylvania courts clerk gets 27 months for fraud

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A longtime Pennsylvania clerk of courts has been sentenced to 27 months in prison on federal charges that he stole public money and then tried to hide his tracks by forging records. Former Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach Jr. pleaded guilty to mail fraud and falsification of records. He was sentenced Tuesday in Scranton. Prosecutors say Lukach stole about $40,000 in funds from various court accounts, using the money to make car payments and pay for meals, a family member’s credit card bill and other personal expenses. Prosecutors say Lukach then forged bank records in an attempt to conceal the thefts.

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