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Guilty Plea

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by CityGuy, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
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    A Scranton man could have to pay back more than $200,000 he stole by convincing another man to invest in a road salt supply business that never really got off the ground.

    Mark Maro, 39, was in U.S. District Judge William J. Nealon’s courtroom Wednesday to plead guilty to one count of bank larceny.

    The charge carries up to 10 years in prison. He remains free pending sentencing, a date for which has not been set.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Kosik-Whitaker said Scranton resident Robert Kafchinski hired Mr. Maro to do some landscaping in early 2004. Mr. Maro then convinced Mr. Kafchinski to invest in a business he was launching, promising he was close to forging lucrative deals with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and several municipalities around the state were interested in buying “a revolutionary new road salt,” Ms. Kosik-Whitaker said.

    When those deals never happened, Mr. Kafchinski asked Mr. Maro for his money back. Mr. Maro and another man then opened bank accounts all over the area and wrote Mr. Kafchinski several bad checks, Ms. Kosik-Whitaker said.

    Mr. Kafchinski was in the courtroom Wednesday to watch Mr. Maro plead guilty. He left without speaking to The Times-Tribune and could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

    Originally, Mr. Maro was indicted by a federal grand jury for bank fraud. Under a plea agreement made with prosecutors, that indictment will be dismissed when Mr. Maro is sentenced.

    Ms. Kosik-Whitaker said the total amount lost is between $200,000 and $300,000. Judge Nealon will likely order Mr. Maro to pay restitution to Mr. Kafchinski and the banks as part of his sentence.

    This is from snow bussiness Magazine