Business Of Former Scranton School District Fleet Manager Raided
SCRANTON — Investigators raided the business owned by the former fleet manager for the Scranton School District on Tuesday and walked out with boxes of evidence.
Agents from the state attorney general’s office and state police spent hours at Danny’s Auto Service on West Elm Street, owned by Daniel Sansky, in an apparent connection to an ongoing grand jury probe of the district.
The officials removed several unmarked boxes from the garage during their search, which ended about 2 p.m. Shortly before 1, an investigator took a computer tower out of a large van marked for special investigations at the state attorney general’s office and brought it into Sansky’s garage.
It is unknown what the law enforcement agents were looking for there. Trooper Jennifer Kosakevitch, who was at the scene and is often involved with probes from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and other agents declined to comment. Joe Grace, a spokesman for Attorney General Josh Shapiro, said in an email “We can’t confirm or deny existence of any ongoing investigations.”
A subpoena left on the front seat of Sansky’s car ordered the custodian of records for the business to appear before a statewide grand jury in Norristown, Montgomery County, at 8:30 a.m. June 4.
That grand jury is overseen by Chester County Judge Anthony Sarcione, the same judge who supervises a grand jury investigating sexual abuse allegations at the Lackawanna County Prison.
The subpoena does not identify the witness ordered to testify by name, just by title. The subpoena sat on top of a medical examiner’s certificate that reflected Daniel Sansky had been examined Tuesday in compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations.
Sansky has become a subject of scrutiny since an October report released by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, which revealed the district paid him $673,321 for work he performed on district vehicles between 2010 and 2016.
The audit faulted the district for sloppy record keeping, noting that many of the bills Sansky submitted did not detail the work performed or indicate the rate or number of hours spent on given jobs.
It also revealed Sansky and his wife were provided health care coverage for 12 years, despite the fact neither was a district employee. Records obtained by The Times-Tribune show the benefits cost taxpayers at least $290,730 between Jan. 1, 2006, and April 30, 2017.
In January, members of the Scranton School Board asked Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell to investigate the health care benefits to Sansky. Powell referred the case to the attorney general’s office in February.
On March 19, Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D., said investigators from the state police and attorney general’s office visited the district to review documents, which she had been told were related to Sansky’s benefits. Investigators returned to the district in April to request additional documents.
Repeated knocks on the front door of the garage went unanswered Tuesday.
The investigators who raided the garage left after 2 p.m., but the Ford Taurus with the grand jury subpoena inside remained there for about two more hours.
About 4:20 p.m., during a powerful thunderstorm, Sansky emerged from the garage and made a break for the Ford.
He started to drive away as reporters gave chase.
Sansky stopped before he turned left onto West Elm Street and, at one point, raised his arm, seemingly to keep a photographer from getting a picture of his face through the car window already blurred by the rain.
Contacted Tuesday evening on his cellphone, Sansky refused to comment.
TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER and CHRIS KELLY, staff writers, contributed to this report.
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Oct. 25: State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale releases an audit that reveals the district paid $672,321 to Dan Sansky of Danny’s Auto Service for work on district vehicles between 2010 and 2016. The bills submitted did not detail the work performed, the rate or number of hours spent on each job. The audit also reveals the district provided Sansky and his wife health care and dental benefits for 12 years, despite the fact neither of them was employed by the district. (Records later obtained by The Times-Tribune in April show the benefits cost the district $290,730.)
Jan. 29: Members of the Scranton School Board announce they will ask Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell to investigate the circumstances surrounding the award of benefits to Sansky.
Feb. 8: Powell announces he referred the investigation to the state attorney general’s office.
March 19: Scranton School District Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D., reveals investigators from the state police and state attorney general’s office visited the district that day to review documents. Kirijan said the investigators told her they were looking into the benefits awarded to Sansky.
April 12: School Director Mark McAndrew reveals investigators again visited the district to request additional documents.
May 15: Agents with the state police and state attorney general’s office search Sansky’s business.