Bar sold to minor, state charges

SUNBURY — The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement on March 2 cited McGuigans Public House, 262 and 266 Market St., for a liquor law violation. According to police, the bar "sold, furnished and/or gave or permitted sale, furnishing or giving of liquor and or malt or brewed beverages to a minor."

A citation was issued on March 25.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses, and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses. The judge can also suspend or revoke an establishment's liquor license, depending upon the severity of the offense.

No date for the hearing was given.

Valley auction house: Checks were no good

MIFFLINBURG — A Bloomsburg resident claimed he did not did not know that he wrote more than $1,600 in bad checks last June.

Robin Potter, 55, wrote two checks —one for $732.90 and one for $923.55 — for various produce and/or farm equipment at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction, located at 22 Violet Road, on June 23 of last year.

According to police reports, Potter received a letter that indicated that the checks were not honored and gave him an ample amount of time and opportunity to pay them off. Potter did not respond to the letters.

Police contacted Potter on Jan. 20 regarding the investigation. Several weeks later, police contacted Potter again and he said that he was in the process of "making good" on the bad checks.

The manager of the auction said that Potter had conducted similar actions in the past.

Bank worker admits taking $750,000

WILLIAMSPORT — A former accounting administrator for First Keystone National Bank in Berwick has admitted she embezzled $750,000 over a 17-year period.

When she pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. Middle District Court, Mary M Knecht, 54, of Berwick, acknowledged she used the money to pay off credit card and person loans and for home improvements and gifts.

A plea agreement recommends she receive the minimum prison sentence under the guidelines that could approximate three years. She also must make full restitution and will be barred from again working in the banking field.

Knecht was able to steal the money because she has control over a number of accounts including those of her husband's business, Assistant U.S. Attorney George J., Rocktashel said.

Between January 1992 and last December, Knecht diverted funds from general ledge accounts in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 and put the money into accounts she controlled.

To conceal the theft she altered names on deposit slips, entered misleading information on debit and credit memoranda used to record transfers from internal general ledger accounts and destroyed or falsified Federal Reserve documents used by bank management and its external auditors.

Knecht remains free on personal recognizance pending sentencing that has not bee scheduled.

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