The same day a former Luzerne County employee pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge, news broke that her brother, a councilman, was cited with retail theft.
Stacey McGlone, 37, of McAdoo, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to stealing $5,000 when she was a fiscal technician with the probation office handling the collection and depositing of fines, restitution and other debts owed by offenders. She was terminated from the $37,500-a-year probation position in April.
Also on Thursday, The Times Leader learned that McGlone’s brother, West Hazleton Borough Councilman William T. Sharkey Jr., 29, was cited by borough police with retail theft for an alleged shoplifting incident on May 30. The citation was filed June 10 and a summons was just recently served.
Between January 2009 and March 2014, McGlone properly deposited offenders’ check and money order payments and recorded the information in the court’s case management system.
When an offender paid in cash, McGlone was accused of issuing a false receipt, kept the cash and failed to record the payments in the court system, according to federal prosecutors.
McGlone pleaded guilty to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds before U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23.
Meanwhile, West Hazleton officials are waiting on the outcome of the retail theft charge against Sharkey.
Police did not immediately return a message seeking details on the incident, but borough Mayor Frank Schmidt said he spoke with Police Chief Brian Buglio and was told that Sharkey was accused of taking “a few items” from Weis Market in West Hazleton.
“I’m hoping it’s not true,” Schmidt said. “If it is true, we’ll have to see what kind of action we’d have to take against him.”
Schmidt said Sharkey’s case was turned over to the District Attorney’s office.
McGlone and Sharkey Jr. are the children of former longtime court administrator William Sharkey, who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 10 months in prison for stealing more than $70,000 in illegal gambling proceeds that were supposed to be turned over to the county.