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February 24. 2013 7:06PM
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Daniel A. Bonardi, 32, of Hazleton, was sentenced to one to two months incarceration and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs after he was found to have received more than $1,050 in cash assistance benefits to which he was not entitled.


According to the state Office of the Inspector General, which adjudicates welfare fraud cases, Bonardi failed to report to the Luzerne County Assistance Office that he was gainfully employed.



Planning a vacation outside the United States? No matter where you go, a U.S. passport is required to get back home.


The Luzerne County Prothonotary’s Office is hosting a question-and-answer session about how to obtain passports from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9. The event will be held in the prothonotary’s office inside the courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.


U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air, or present a passport book, passport card or other travel documents if entering the Unites States from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean.


For more information, call the prothonotary’s office at 825-1770.


Vendors are invited to sell their one-of-a-kind products at a spring craft and gift fair at Irem Clubhouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16.


The fair will be in the grand ballroom at the clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. Admittance for shoppers is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase.


Vendor tables are $15. To reserve a table by March 8, call 675-1134, extension 100.


The public is invited to a benefit for Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge in Dallas taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. March 2 at Knuckleheads Bar & Grille, 244 Hughes St., Swoyersville.


A $10 cover charge at the door includes food and chances for raffles. Entertainment will be by deejay Patty O. with karaoke. Seventy percent of the cover will be donated to the cause.


Donations of cat litter, dog food, cat food, dog and cat treats, paper towels and cleaning supplies will be appreciated.


For information, call Jess at 991-1378.


Following a six-month search, the Keystone College Board of Trustees will announce the college’s 10th president at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hibbard Campus Center on campus. The nationwide search for Edward G. Boehm Jr.’s successor featured 140 applicants.



The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a Hazleton man on Friday with making a false claim for benefits under the Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, or EEOICP.


Joseph M. Yesvetz, 57, pleaded guilty to the offense the same day, though the plea agreement must be approved by the court.


Yesvetz filed a claim on behalf of his father who died in 2001 after working at a beryllium plant and who allegedly suffered from chronic beryllium disease. The charges filed Friday allege that Yesvetz lied on the claim form by failing to report his prior conviction in 2008 for mail fraud in connection with his receipt of more than $88,000 in Pennsylvania state workers’ compensation benefits meant for his deceased father.


Yesvetz allegedly received $150,000 in April 2012 as a result of his false claim under the EEOICP. This resulted in the charges, which could carry up to five years in prison.




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