House arrest, probation for ex-Pa. local official

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former township official in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains has been placed on probation for two years and ordered to spend four months of that time on house arrest for making false statements on his township health insurance forms.

Sixty-four-year-old Robert Spano, former supervisor of Monroe County’s Middle Smithfield Township, pleaded guilty to the charge in February. Authorities said he falsified the document so someone else could receive benefits.

Spano was also ordered Wednesday to pay more than $24,000 restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. He agreed to resign from his seat before he was indicted in November 2011.

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