Former Scranton School District Fleet Manager Daniel Sansky Appears In Court
SCRANTON — The Scranton School District’s former fleet manager, accused of overbilling taxpayers, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday. The court appearance could be the first of many by people associated with the district, prosecutors said.
Daniel Sansky, 67, of Cortez Road, Jefferson Twp., faces seven felony charges, including corrupt organizations, dealing in unlawful proceeds, criminal conspiracy and theft by deception.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” said Erik L. Olsen, Pennsylvania chief deputy attorney general. “This is one component of that case.”
The office anticipates additional charges and arrests, Olsen said.
After appearing before Senior Magisterial District Judge Theodore Giglio, Sansky said he had no comment. A pretrial conference is set for Feb. 1. A trial date has not been set.
As fleet manager for the Scranton School District, Sansky routinely overbilled taxpayers and charged the district for work on the personal vehicles of at least a dozen employees or their family members, a statewide grand jury found in September.
In the last few months, law enforcement agents raided district offices several times. As the corruption probe intensifies, agents raided South Scranton Intermediate School, where the district’s information technology department has equipment and servers stored, earlier this month. In November, agents raided the offices of the transportation director and school board secretary and left with documents and computers.
For the last year, the district faced intense scrutiny from the state — from entering financial watch status to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issuing a scathing report last fall, criticizing district leadership and operations. The auditor general also questioned the costs of the district’s no-bid contracts with DeNaples Transportation, and some school directors later questioned whether prior contracts were even legal.
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