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Public Corruption Prosecutions

This web page is a means for the public to be informed of the status of pending and recent cases of great and/or continuing public interest involving or related to public corruption. The web page information will be updated periodically.

For publicly available information on other cases prosecuted as part of the U.S. Attorney's Office's continuing focus on public corruption as a high priority, please check our website or contact our media representative at 717-221-4482.  In coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the office is continuing to investigate and prosecute alleged federal, state, and local corruption and government program fraud throughout the district.

If you believe that you have information relating to criminal wrongdoing relating to federal, state, and/or local political corruption in the Middle District of Pennsylvania please contact the the U.S. Attorney's Office via email usapam.contact@usdoj.gov or phone at 717-221-4482 or the nearest FBI office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania:

FBI Harrisburg

FBI Scranton

FBI Williamsport

FBI State College

FBI Allentown (Schuylkill County)

RECENT PROSECUTIONS

Christopher Collare

Former Detective with the Carlisle Police Department Christopher Collare, age 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 22, 2020, for bribery, drug distribution, fraud and making false statements.  Collare used his official position to obtain sex from two women in exchange for agreeing to take actions in prosecutions.  In 2015, Collare allegedly agreed to accept sex or money in exchange for not appearing at an evidentiary hearing so that a criminal charge would be dismissed.  In 2018, Collare allegedly agreed to accept sexual favors in exchange for taking steps to help reduce a potential sentence. Collare was also a task force officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a member of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force.  Collare is awaiting trial.

Mark Icker

Former Ashley Borough Police Officer Mark Icker, age 30, pleaded guilty on November 26, 2019, to violating the civil rights of two females in his custody whem he sexually assaulted. Icker worked as a police officer for the Ashley Borough Police Department in December 2018.  On December 3, 2018 and December 10, 2018, Icker, while acting under color of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, willfully deprived two women of their liberty without due process of law, which includes the right to bodily integrity, by coercing the women into engaging in unwanted sexual contact with him. Icker is awaiting sentencing.

Steve Lukach

Clerk of Courts for Schuylkill County Steven M. Lukach, Jr., age 69, of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on August 8, 2019, to an indictment charging him with mail fraud and falsification of records. Lukach formerly served as the Clerk of Courts for Schuylkill County for approximately 27 years.  In 2013-2014, county auditors with the Controller’s Office began an in depth examination of the Clerk’s Office and discovered misappropriation of funds by Lukach.  An FBI investigation ensued and while the audit was going on, Lukach interfered with the audit by stealing mail that was sent to banks, forged records and sent the fake bank records to the Controller’s Office.  Lukach did so in an effort to conceal that he was taking funds from various accounts for his own personal purposes, such as paying a family member’s credit card bill, paying for meals, making car payments, and other personal expenses.  Lukach is awaiting sentencing. 

William L. Courtright

Scranton Mayor William L. Courtright, age 61, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on July 2, 2019, to a criminal information charging him with three felony public corruption offenses.  Courtright resigned from his position as Mayor of Scranton on July 1, 2019. The criminal information charged Courtright with engaging in a multi-year conspiracy with unidentified individuals to take bribes from vendors who did business with the City. The information also alleged that other objectives of the conspiracy were to commit the offenses of attempted extortion under color of official right and extortion through use of fear of economic harm. Courtright’s corrupt activities came to light during a multi-year undercover investigation headed by the FBI.  The undercover investigation revealed that the former mayor accepted cash payments from vendors doing business with the city in a pay-to-play scheme.  Courtright is awaiting sentencing.

Edward Weidow

Edward Weidow, age 65, of Scranton, was charged on July 22, 2019, in a criminal information with making false statements to federal investigators in a public corruption investigation involving former Mayor of Scranton, William Courtright. The criminal information alleged that Weidow took cash from vendors and then transferred the cash to former Mayor of Scranton William Courtright. The information further alleged that on January 9, 2019, Weidow was interviewed by the FBI and denied giving cash to Courtright, when in fact on numerous occasions, he had done so.  Weidow entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing. 

Robert C. Cordaro

On August 5, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied former Lackawanna County Commissioner’s latest appeal regarding his 2011 conviction on multiple public corruption charges.  In a 26-page precedential opinion, the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo holding that the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in McDonnell v. United States was not grounds to overturn Cordaro’s convictions.

Timothy B. Riley, Michael Riley and John Oiler

Timothy Riley, a 48-year-old now retired Narcotics Agent with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Narcotics Investigations, was sentenced on May 30, 2019, to 36 months’ imprisonment and to forfeit up to $800,000 for a conspiracy to launder proceeds of a nation-wide drug trafficking organization.  John Oiler, a 49-year-old Georgia man, was sentenced on May 16, 2019, to serve 30 months’ imprisonment and to forfeit up to $800,000.  The third co-conspirator, Michael Sean Riley, age 51, pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.  Michael Riley arranged with John T. Oiler to rent a storage unit in Baltimore and travel to Pennsylvania to take possession of more than $800,000 of cash drug proceeds Michael Riley skimmed from a larger load of cash.  Oiler took the vast majority of those proceeds and stored them in the rented unit in Baltimore.  Michael Riley then contacted his cousin, Timothy Riley, then a Narcotics Agent of the PA Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigations Mobile Street Crimes Unit, and turned over the rest of the cash proceeds to him and other agents from the Mobile Street Crimes Unit.  Michael Riley paid Timothy Riley $48,000, which Timothy Riley subsequently laundered.  Oiler and Michael Riley each netted about $400,000 of the proceeds and conducted numerous financial transactions with the cash drug proceeds. 

 

Updated February 6, 2020

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