A sentencing hearing for Kathleen Zielinski which was scheduled for April 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lackawanna County Courthouse in Scranton was rescheduled for May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The sentencing judge is Judge Barrasse.
Former Ransom Township Secretary-Treasurer Zielinski pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to a second-degree felony count of theft by unlawful taking. Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney Shane Scanlon said there is no minimum sentence and the maximum sentence is 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Investigative audits discovered that Zielinski spent more than $98,000 of Ransom Township funds for personal expenses, according to a police affidavit.
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, during a yearly audit, it was discovered that 46 of Zielinski’s residential electric bills, in the amount of $8,909.58, had been paid with township funds.