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United States v. Sandra Brulo


Middle District of Pennsylvania Docket Number 5:09-MJ-00021-MEM

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Press release links by date:

         - 2/20/09: Filing of Federal Obstruction of Justice Charge
         - 3/17/09: Luzerne County Deputy Director of Forensic Programs Agrees to Plead Guilty and Cooperate with the On-Going Federal Public Corruption Probe

         - 3/25/09: Luzerne County Deputy Director of Forensic Programs Guilty Plea Tomorrow
         - 3/26/09: Luzerne County Deputy Director of Forensic Programs Pleads Guilty   

Case Summary:

Sandra M. Brulo, age 56, of Ashley, Pennsylvania, was charged in a one-count criminal information with Obstruction of Justice between February 1, 2009, and February 20, 2009.

According to the charges, Sandra M. Brulo was formerly the Deputy Director of Forensic Services for the Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Office for the Court of Common Pleas for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. As the Deputy Director of Forensic Services, Brulo was responsible for making treatment and rehabilitation recommendations on behalf of the Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Office to the Luzerne County Juvenile Court relating to juvenile offenders who appeared before the Court. The recommendations were relied upon by the Court in the determination of an adjudicated delinquent offender’s placement in a treatment and rehabilitation program. The recommendations were made in writing, presented to the Court prior to the adjudication and were part of the official court record in the adjudication proceeding. The Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Office is responsible for maintaining the official court record in all matters relating to juvenile adjudications in Luzerne County.

In furtherance of her corrupt attempt to obstruct, influence, and impede the pending federal civil action, Sandra M. Brulo, who was aware that she had been named as a party to a federal civil action, created a fabricated recommendation with respect to a juvenile who appeared before the Luzerne County Juvenile Court in September of 2007. The fabricated recommendation was backdated to September 4, 2007, and materially changed Brulo’s original recommendation of detention to a recommendation of probation. Brulo thereafter requested an official of the Luzerne County Juvenile Probation Office, who had access to the official record, to place the fabricated recommendation in the official court record.

In conjunction with the filing of the charges, the United States has also filed a plea agreement signed by Sandra M. Brulo. The plea agreement indicates Brulo’s intention to plead guilty to the Obstruction of Justice charge. Brulo faces a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 , and three years’ supervised release.