LARKSVILLE — Larksville police have turned over information to the Internal Revenue Service related to the citation of former Wyoming Valley West School District custodian Robert Lushefski, Police Chief John Edwards confirmed Wednesday. But district Superintendent Chuck Suppon stressed he has talked to several district administrators and could find no evidence of a federal investigation.
“As far as I know, it’s all rumor,” Suppon said. “Anyone can turn over something to the IRS. It doesn’t mean they’ve launched an investigation.
Larksville police issued two citations to Lushefski after he was seen putting private trash into district Dumpsters at State Street Elementary on two separate occasions in February without permission. Lushefski pleaded guilty April 1. The school board conducted a Loudermill hearing, part of state-mandated due process for a government employee prior to removing or otherwise affecting employee rights, then voted to terminate Lushefski at the monthly meeting April 10.
After the meeting, Board President Gordon Dussinger said there were reasons for the termination beyond the two citations, but said he could not elaborate. The Times Leader submitted a right to know request to Larksville police seeking any additional information regarding the citations of Lushefski, but Chief Edwards responded with a written statement saying the records could not be provided.
“The requested information has been turned over to the Kingston Borough Police Department and the Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation,” Edwards wrote in the statement. “Due to the fact the requested information is still the subject of an ongoing investigation, this office is unable to meet your request at this time.”
Edward said he could not comment further.
Asked about the Larksville police statement Wednesday afternoon, Kingston Police Chief Keith Keiper said he knew of no information handed over by Edwards or of any investigation being done by his detectives.
David Stewart from the IRS regional office in Philadelphia said the agency does not confirm or deny if investigations are underway.