2 Pa. workers charged with stealing inmate labor

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two maintenance workers at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania have been suspended after being charged with using state money to buy personal equipment and supplies, and with illegally using inmate labor.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for 43-year-old Harold Maust, of Boswell, and 59-year-old Stephen Toth, of Johnstown. Maust is a maintenance man and Toth a refrigerator trade instructor for inmates at the State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands.

State corrections investigators say the men used the state materials and inmate labor to make tools and craft other items that Maust used to build his own home. The (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/12ZXcSm ) reports Maust allegedly also brought personal items into the prison and had inmates repair them, including a carburetor for his tractor.

Maust doesn’t have a listed phone and Toth didn’t return a call for comment Friday.

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com

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