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Former Hazle Township Solicitor Gets Probation For Stealing Funds

An eastern Pennsylvania township's former solicitor was sentenced to four years' probation for stealing more than $105,000 of a developer's funds.

A federal court judge in Scranton sentenced ex-Hazle Township solicitor Charles Pedri on Wednesday after the 65-year-old pleaded guilty in July to a felony count of theft from a program receiving federal funds.

Pedri took $105,586 from an escrow account for Massachusetts-based Hazle Spindle LLC and then deposited the funds into his law office's account. The Hazleton man then would write checks to himself until the account was virtually depleted.

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Federal prosecutors had advocated for giving Pedri jail time within the 12- to 18-month sentencing guideline.

Pedri's attorney argued that her client stole the money out of financial despair and noted that he had an otherwise pristine record.

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