HANOVER TWP. - Former Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority executive director Fred DeSanto was arraigned Friday on charges he had WVSA employees conduct work for District 16 Little League and for events hosted by the Pittston Township Recreational Association.
DeSanto appeared before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township and released on $20,000 unsecured bail. He was represented by Attorney Frank Nocito and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending the felony charge to Luzerne County Court.
According to the criminal complaint:
Detectives interviewed 57 employees at WVSA and determined 22 employees were allegedly instructed by DeSanto to perform work for District 16 Little League while on WVSA time from 2004 through 2012.
The complaint alleges it cost WVSA $29,311.53 for WVSA employees to perform work for the little league.
DeSanto allegedly had WVSA employees doing work for the Pittston Township Recreational Association at a cost of $695.19 from 2004 through 2012, and used the WVSA postage machine for mailing little league materials. It is estimated DeSanto used the postage machine 165 times a year for the little league from 2004 through 2012 at a cost of $449.08, the complaint alleges.