WILKES-BARRE —A Plains Township man who admitted to stealing from the bank account of a 97-year-old former neighbor was sentenced this morning to serve three to 24 months, minus a day, in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for theft by unlawful taking.
Luke Marek asked Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. for house arrest, but the judge denied the request. Marek, 36, must report to jail at 9 a.m. Monday.
Sklarosky also ordered Marek to spend 24 months on probation, repay $78,000 in restitution he still owes and court costs, undergo mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations and perform 25 hours of community service.
Plains Township police arrested Marek, 36, last known address as Burke Street, Plains Township, in October, alleging he wrote three checks totaling $118,000 to himself in July and August from Josephine D. Szalkowski’s checking account. Szalkowski died on Monday.
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