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P.J. McLaine, businessman convicted in streetlight scam, seeks bail

Published On: Apr 16 2013 03:05:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2013 03:05:58 PM EDT
Coplay streetlight

A Lackawanna County businessman who was sentenced last week for his role in a streetlight scam is looking to get out of jail.

P.J. McLaine has asked a Northampton County judge to grant him bail, according to court documents.

District Attorney John Morganelli said he has notified Northampton County Judge Leonard Zito that he's opposed to bail being granted.


"It never happens. It's highly extraordinary," said Morganelli.

McLaine and Robert Kearns were convicted of bilking Bethlehem Township out of more than $800,000 by promising the township they would save it money on streetlights.

McLaine was sentenced to 16 to 60 months in jail; Kearns is awaiting sentencing.

The men are also accused of stealing money from the borough of Coplay in Lehigh County.