Ex-councilman in Pa. pleads guilty to $400K theft

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former borough councilman in northeastern Pennsylvania has admitted to stealing nearly $400,000 from the local volunteer fire department where he had served as president.

Bill Sweeney, 37, pleaded guilty Monday in Lackawanna County to theft and forgery charges.

The former Moosic borough councilman and former president of Greenwood Hose Company 1 admitted forging fire company checks from September 2006 to January 2013.

Sweeney says it all stems from a gambling addiction. He is currently in treatment.

A judge told Sweeney to expect jail time when he’s sentenced in a few months. He could face up to 14 years in prison.

He handed over a check for more than $100,000 in restitution on Monday.

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