Allegations of misuse of funds fly in Penn Forest Township
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 06:26:32 PM CDT
Allegations of misuse of taxpayer money have been levied against several leaders in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.
Two former Penn Forest Township Supervisors are accusing the current chairman of nepotism, saying over a million dollars was given to the business of a family member.
"In Pennsylvania whenever you have a have a project over $3,999 it has to be put out for competitive bid," former Penn Forest supervisor Alan Katz, explained.
Katz, an accountant by profession, says the Carbon County community has been crossing the line when awarding construction contracts for road work.
"There was one complete road that was never bid out," he says of one example of many.
Katz's partner looking into all this, former supervisor Paul Montemurro, has alleged in public meetings that between $1.3 million and $1.6 million of road work has been streamlined directly to the pockets of Papillion and Moyer, a Stroudsburg construction company.
Montemurro also says current township chairman Warren Reiner chopped the work up so it could be given directly to the firm where Katz says Reiner's son-in-law works.
"It's never chopped up. It goes in as one total bid," Katz went on to say.
Katz showed us pages of work documents dominated by Papillion and Moyer much of it under the magic $4,000 mark.
But Penn Forest's solicitor said he hasn't seen anything worth investigating.
Katz has taken his concerns to the FBI, the state attorney general's office, the state ethics committee, and the district attorney, where he says it's been stalled at every turn.
"This gets swept under the rug and it goes nowhere. It's really frustrating that no one has any desire to look into this," Katz lamented
The D.A. didn't want to comment to us on the subject.
Our calls to Warren Reiner and Papillion and Moyer were not returned.
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