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June 11, 2014

Grandmother theft defendant ordered to pay by July 1

DANVILLE — A former Bloomsburg businessman was ordered to pay $8,333 by July 1 or go to jail after being behind on his payments for stealing more than $100,000 from his grandmother.

“I feel you are giving me a line of bull,” Montour County Judge Gary Norton told Anthony J. Morgante on Monday in county court.

Morgante, 45, appeared for failure to make the payments. The $8,333 equals the first six months of payments he was behind on.

Norton said a lien will be effective on his payments as of July and direct payments will be made after that.

The judge said he had ordered the lien —for some reason it hadn’t gone into effect — on 36 installments totaling $50,000 from the sale of stock Morgante had in Marley’s Brewery & Grill in Bloomsburg.

Morgante hadn’t been making payments on $121,787 owed his grandmother, Geraldine McFalls, a resident who is now deceased and had lived at Vintage Knolls in Mahoning Township.

The payments will be going to her estate.

He previously served 24 days in jail and was given credit for four days served in prison.

Morgante pleaded guilty to forging $5,000 of his grandmother’s money in 2010 and agreed to pay all of the $121,787 owed. When he was sentenced, he said he had already paid $50, 000 and said the balance would result from a check obtained from part of a stock purchase.

Morgante told Norton he is employed but didn’t start his job in Cressona until Feb. 17 and at $14 an hour instead of the $21 per hour he is currently making.

“I never intended not to make the payments. I didn’t know I would be paid less,” he said.

Morgante told the judge it was hard to live on what he previously was making with bills and child support payments.

Norton asked if it was difficult for the grandmother Morgante ripped off to live.

“Did she get a deferment from anybody,” Norton said.

During his sentencing, Morgante said he used the money he stole so his mother, Frances Morgante, who was dying of cancer, could stay in her own home along Kaseville Road. He had power of attorney over his grandmother’s affairs.

The charges arose after McFalls was going to be evicted from Vintage Knolls since her bill hadn’t been paid in some time.

McFalls was 94 when Mahoning Township police filed the forgery and theft charges last year. The incidents occurred from January 2009 through September 2012.

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